"Auld Alliance" more important than ever in testing global times says Moore

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The Minister met the French Ambassador in Edinburgh

The Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore met the French Ambassador to the UK at the Scotland Office in Edinburgh earlier today (Thursday 29 Sept).

Michael Moore held talks with His Excellency Bernard Emie at Melville Crescent to discuss Franco British relations and bilateral cooperation, as well as trade and cultural links between Scotland and France. The meeting comes against the backdrop of UK and France’s involvement in NATO operations in Libya, a challenging economic climate and a strong trading relationship. France was recently revealed as Scotland’s biggest trading partner after the rest of the United Kingdom.

Commenting after the meeting, the Secretary of State said:

“We had a very cordial and constructive meeting which underlined the enduring strength of the relationship between the UK and France. On the world stage, we are standing together in international operations in Libya and at home Scotland is home to a number of French companies such as Total and Michelin which are making significant contributions to our current and future growth. The Ambassador and I also discussed the many other cultural and economic links between our countries and the ways in which we can work together for our mutual benefit.”