aA
Political priorities of France will be more visible after appointment of the government, the country's Ambassador to Lithuania Philippe Jeantaud said after pro-European centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron won the presidential elections.
Emmanuel ir Brigitte Macron
Emmanuel ir Brigitte Macron
© Reuters / Scanpix

“This is too early to talk about, because we don't know who will be the prime minister, the foreign affairs minister,” the diplomat told BNS on Monday in comment of the French political priorities and possible relations with Lithuania.

In France, the prime minister is appointed by the president.

Jeantaud said that Macron's policies would also depend to a great extent on the parliamentary elections to take place this summer, as the 39-year-old future president-led movement En Marche! does not have a single mandate in the legislative body.

During the election campaign, Macron strongly supported the European Union when it comes to foreign policy. Some observers say that the new French president would keep the strong ties with Germany.

Lithuanian experts say that Macron's victory in the elections would not bring major changes to the ties between Paris and Vilnius.

France is actively involved in the Baltic air-policing mission and sent land forces for training to Lithuania last year for the first time. France will station a few hundred troops in the German-led NATO battalion to be set up in Lithuania next year.

"There has been decided that in beginning in January (next year) there will be 300–315 troops from French army that would be stationed in Lithuania with tanks, with infantry fighting vehicles," said Jeantaud.

Lithuania intends to send a company of troops to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Mali, western Africa, where the French-led international community works to curb Islamic fighters. The company will consist of about 30 soldiers.

This came as Lithuania's response to the French request to contribute to operations in Africa after a wave of Jihadist attacks rippled through France in 2015.

"It is a very strong political sign that Lithuania is developing consciousness and awareness of global security interest, because traditionally, historically Lithuania had very few realtions with Africa," said the French ambassador.

Since 2009, the relations between Lithuania and France are defined as strategic partnership in official agreements.

|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

8th death in Lituania due to coronavirus

On Tuesday it was announced about another death of a patient with the novel coronavirus .

27 severe coronavirus cases in country

Lithuania currently has 27 severe COVID-19 cases and the coronavirus outbreak has not yet peaked,...

Coronavirus pandemic: 537 cases in Lithuania

On Tuesday, 30th March, 46 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Lithuania. In total there were 537...

COVID-19 spread curve shows signs of flattening in Lithuania

There are signs that the coronavirus spread curve in Lithuania is flattening, Health Minister...

Two fever clinics set to commence operations in Vilnius on Tuesday afternoon

The Municipality of Vilnius is opening two fever clinics following last Wednesday’s Ministry of...

Top news

8th death in Lituania due to coronavirus

On Tuesday it was announced about another death of a patient with the novel coronavirus .

Coronavirus pandemic: 537 cases in Lithuania

On Tuesday, 30th March, 46 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Lithuania. In total there were 537...

The Roop gets place in final in next year Eurovision selection

Lithuania will hold a national Eurovision selection next year, and this year's winner The Roop, a...

27 severe coronavirus cases in country

Lithuania currently has 27 severe COVID-19 cases and the coronavirus outbreak has not yet peaked,...

GetJet Airlines set to lay off 370 employees

Lithuania's wet-lease and charter services provider GetJet Airlines has given lay-off notices to 370...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina