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In the picture Premier Tobias Hans & State Secretary Amélie de Montchalin – Picture by Saarland.de.

Friday, 5 June 2020, The Saarland, Germany: Premier Tobias Hans received the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Amélie de Montachalin, she is furthermore responsible for the Franco-German cooperation. 
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Saarland has treated many patients from the Far East region in France, which was terribly affected. Amélie de Montchalin, thanked Minister President Tobias Hans personally for this assistance during her jaunt. French Secretary of State for European AffairsFriday, 5 June 2020, The Saarland, Germany: Premier Tobias Hans received the French Secretary of State for European Affairs Amélie de Montachalin, she is furthermore responsible for the Franco-German cooperation. 
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Saarland has treated many patients from the Far East region in France, which was terribly affected. Amélie de Montchalin, thanked Minister President Tobias Hans personally for this assistance during her jaunt. 

As per statement below Premier Hans said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has put our Europe of open borders to the test. We have felt this particularly clearly in the Franco-German border region. We had to keep our distance from our friends on both sides of the border and this border, which had not really been one for many years, suddenly became visible again. But this distance in no way undermined the profound friendship between Germany and France, we mastered the situation side by side and helped each other. The coronavirus has impressively demonstrated that solidarity is the only possible way forward, and it will give new impetus to our close ties of cross-border cooperation. »

Amélie de Montchalin, State Secretary to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs with responsibility for European Affairs, and also responsible for Franco-German cooperation: “I am very pleased to come to Saarbrücken for my first trip abroad since coming out of confinement. During this unprecedented health crisis, the solidarity between our two countries has remained intact. Now, more than ever, Franco-German friendship remains at the heart of the European project. »

Jean Rottner, President of the Moselle Departmental Council: “I am very pleased to see Premier Tobias Hans again today. We are in a very unprecedented context, and Franco-German friendship is becoming more ambitious every day. Today, Saarland is a very valuable partner for the Far East Region, a border state with which we have daily exchanges through concrete and structuring policies. Today, more than ever, we must, more than ever, recall the absolute necessity of this European cooperation that we have once again tested in this crisis with transfers of patients with COVID 19. »

The programme of the visit included a meeting at the State Chancellery with the Ambassador of France, Anne-Marie Descôtes, the President of the Grand-Est region, Jean Rottner, the President of the Moselle departmental council, Patrick Weiten, the Consul General of France in The Saarland, Catherine Robinet, the MP Christophe Arend, the Minister of Finance and Europe, Peter Strobel, and the State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Europe and Plenipotentiary for European Affairs, Roland Theis, as well as a joint visit to the Winterberg Klinikum Saarbrücken in the presence of the Mayor of Saarbrücken, Uwe Conradt.

For further information:
https://www.saarland.de/SID-3B77922B-EB131603/6767_256140.htm

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