French President Emmanuel Macron. Picture: GUE/NGL

President of France Emmanuel Macron and his spouse, Brigitte Macron, will make an official visit to Finland on August 29-30 2018. The visit will be hosted by the Finnish President Sauli Niinistö  together with spouse, Mrs Jenni Haukio.

The visit will begin with a welcoming ceremony and a gala dinner in the Presidential Palace on Wednesday evening. The public may follow the welcoming ceremony from the Market Square at around 19:45, weather permitting.

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President Niinistö and President Macron will hold their official discussions in the Presidential Palace on Thursday morning. They will be discussing security and defense policy, relations with Russia and the United States, Arctic questions, climate change and the state of the rules-based multilateral international order, among other matters. Afterward, the presidents will hold a joint press conference in the Hall of Mirrors of the Presidential Palace.

After the press conference, President Macron will visit Aalto University together with Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and learn about Finnish innovations. Prime Minister Sipilä and President Macron will have a working lunch in Kesäranta, the Prime Minister’s Official Residence, where they will be discussing topical EU matters, such as the EMU, migration and EU defense policy. Following their lunch, Prime Minister Sipilä and President Macron will hold a press conference.

Mrs Jenni Haukio and Mrs Brigitte Macron will visit the soon opening New Children’s Hospital in Helsinki and the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress on Thursday.

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This is President Macron’s first visit to Finland. President Niinistö’s latest visit to France was in 2015 when he attended the Paris Climate Change Conference. He made an official visit to France in 2013.

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