Wednesday, 24 May 2023, Berlin, Germany: The French Republic’s Ambassador in Germany, François Delattre was welcomed for a tête-à-tête by the Speaker of the Federal Parliament (Bundestag), Bärbel Bas, a top politician from the Social Democratic Party. Speaker Bas is in office since 26 October 2021, and joined the Bundestag back in 2009.
Parliamentary diplomacy is an important component of an embassy’s mission in a given foreign country. Germany maintains a bilateral parliamentary system, with a Bundestag elected directly by the electorate as well as one upper chamber representing the German federal states, or Bundesländer, 16 in total.
Whereas France is also home to a bicameral legislature, namely a National Assembly (Assemblée nationale) with 577 seats as well as a 348-seat Senate, the upper house; elected partially by the country’s local councillors (in indirect elections) as well as by representatives of French citizens living abroad. Yaël Braun-Pivet is the incumbent National Assembly President.
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French National Assembly: https://www.assemblee-nationale.fr