During his address to the Parliamentary Assembly, President François Hollande welcomed the Council of Europe as a partner in France’s efforts to promote peace, freedom and democracy.
“France stands alongside the Council of Europe and I am confident that the Council of Europe stands alongside France in all efforts to promote peace, freedom and democracy,” the president declared.
In his 11 October speech, President Hollande endorsed the organisation’s work to strengthen “the rule of law and to ensure that we all live up to the promises we have made.
“More than ever we need the Council of Europe.”
President Hollande confirmed that in 2019, the year the Council of Europe celebrates its 70th anniversary, “France will hold the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers and stands ready to organise a summit, the fourth of its kind, in an effort to provide new direction.”