He will discuss the strengthening of strategic relations between France and Israel, the Iranian nuclear threat, the captive soldier Gilad Shalit, and the advancement of French involvement in regional processes.

 President Peres departs on official visit to France

 

President Shimon Peres arrives in Paris (Photo: GPO)

(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)
 
President Peres will meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Élysée Palace and will participate in the inauguration of the Ben Gurion Promenade
 
President Peres will depart on an official visit to France from April 13-15, 2010. During his visit the President will meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysée Palace to discuss the strengthening of strategic relations between France and Israel, the Iranian nuclear threat, the captive soldier Gilad Shalit, and the advancement of French involvement in regional processes. President Peres will also meet with leading figures of the French government including French Prime Minister François Fillon and Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.
 
In response to the invitation of the French government and the Mayor of Paris, President Peres will participate in the inauguration of the Ben Gurion Promenade. The promenade was built in the heart of the Seventh Arrondissement in Paris as a gesture to the late Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and to the State of Israel.

The President will also address the leaders of the French government and the Jewish community in a celebratory ceremony honoring 150 years since the birth of Theodor Herzl. The ceremony will take place at the Opera House in Paris. The President will take advantage of his visit to meet with the heads of the Jewish community and to continue strengthening the strategic ties between France and Israel.