French president arrives in Poland

2020-02-03 12:14 update: 2020-02-03, 19:29
Emmanuel Macron, Andrzej Duda. Photo PAP/Leszek Szymański
Emmanuel Macron, Andrzej Duda. Photo PAP/Leszek Szymański
French President Emmanuel Macron has started his first visit to Poland on Monday. "Bienvenue, Monsier Le President!. The plane with the French president has just landed at @Chopin Airport," the Warsaw airport wrote on Twitter.

The French head of state will be officially welcomed by President Andrzej Duda in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.

The two presidents will hold a face-to-face meeting, which will be followed by plenary talks of the Polish and French delegations. Later, Presidents Duda and Macron will meet with reporters. The presidential press conference will be followed by a luncheon in honour of the French guest.

Later in the day, the French president is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the speakers of the Sejm (lower house of parliament) and Senate, Elzbieta Witek and Tomasz Grodzki, respectively

The French president is accompanied by Minister of the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Armies Florence Parly, and Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Elisabeth Borne. Poland is the 21st country of the 27 EU countries visited by Macron.

Duda-Macron talks are expected to focus on NATO, relations with Ukraine and the future of the Weimar Triangle - a tri-partite meeting format between Germany, France and Poland. 

In the evening, the French president will meet representatives of the French community in Poland as well as Polish intellectuals and cultural representatives including Gazeta Wyborcza editor-in-chief Adam Michnik, director Agnieszka Holland, journalist and historian Marian Turski and filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski. 

On Tuesday, Macron is scheduled to travel to Krakow in southern Poland, where he will visit the Wawel Castle and deliver a speech at the Jagiellonian University, Poland's oldest higher education institution, on the subject of Franco-Polish relations. "It will also be an appeal for European unity, as the president has earlier delivered at the Sorbonne and on the forum of European institutions," his advisor, Emmanuel Bonne, said on Thursday.