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Hollande/Macri 'personal link' “will make things get moving and get done”

Thursday, February 25th 2016 - 06:57 UTC
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The visit of French president Francois Hollande was described as “most positive” and this was reflected in the over twenty bilateral agreements signed in all fields, plus a very significant 'personal link' with his Argentine peer Mauricio Macri, said Susana Malcorra, foreign minister on Wednesday at the Casa Rosada. Read full article


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  • Skip

    Why don't the countries that voice their “support” in private meetings actually announce it?

    Because funnily enough France recognises UK sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. So what use is this imagery “support” when that is a fact?

    Feb 25th, 2016 - 09:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    '' In the meeting I had with my colleague Jean Marc Ayrault there was a mention to the fact that we have the support from France in the claim” ???

    Delete ''Claim'' and insert ''fairy tale' '

    Feb 25th, 2016 - 09:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I think there is little doubt that I was correct in thinking The Midget is a viperous person and not to be trusted on the matter of the Falkland's and perhaps much more besides.

    DumbAss Dilma was cabinet chief before she took the presidency and look how that turned out.

    Feb 25th, 2016 - 10:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • T_Paine

    I wonder if the French Companies remember getting screwed over Aguas Argentina's theft (nationalization)?

    I guess they'll make quick “investments” get in and get out that would be my plan.

    Feb 25th, 2016 - 12:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Room101

    The Falklands...This is yet another way for Ms Malcorra to undermine her credibility by saying such nonsense. Keep it up!

    Feb 25th, 2016 - 01:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    considering sending ” White Helmets , what is wrong with the yellow high viz jackets and helmets that the UK sent them? Do they not fit or wrong colour?

    Feb 25th, 2016 - 03:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    the French are looking to expand its overseas interests,

    somewhere that broke , broken and desperate,
    any spring to mind.

    Feb 25th, 2016 - 07:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    So what is the chance that Hollande will risk French taxpayer money to provide eventual financing for Argentina's partial holdout payout, which in turn will go into yet another default for which the French government will ask the EU to chip in and make them well?

    Feb 25th, 2016 - 08:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    He has too much trouble at home what with the farmers up in arms over imports of food and the like to be concerned with Argentina

    Feb 26th, 2016 - 11:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    @9 I think it's the surplus Syrian refugee-terrorists that Hollande is trying to export to Argentistan. That, and some French-remanufactured replacement parts for Peugeot 504 models.

    Despite the other pleasantries, Argentistan will probably remind Hollande of its constitutionally imposed non-renounceable claim to argento sovereignty over the French-administered colony of Tahiti and demand its return within the next 25 years.

    Feb 26th, 2016 - 01:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Buzzsaw

    ....Malcorra replied that “this is a matter always standing for us. In the meeting I had with my colleague Jean Marc Ayrault there was a mention to the fact that we have the support from France in the claim”.
    ... as Mr Ayrault ask Ms Malcorra if she had ever had the chance to visit Réunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Polynesia, French Guiana, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna, Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin.

    I don't think he really said anything of the sort did he Ms Malcorra, he probably said he agreed that their should be a peaceful solution the the problem, which is not quite the same thing is it.

    Feb 26th, 2016 - 02:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    He probably said,

    yes you do have a claim to the Malvinas,

    but the British Falkland's are British....

    Feb 26th, 2016 - 07:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    The French have many overseas territories that could be claimed by countries nearer to these territories, facts that will be pointed out behind the scenes by British diplomats to France-without any publicity

    Feb 26th, 2016 - 09:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Very true.

    Feb 27th, 2016 - 07:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Well, I already new Hollande was no socialist, and this is no worse than many of his other foreign policies - but a close personal bond with Macri? What a joke

    Feb 28th, 2016 - 04:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    As soon as Hollande got back to France everything started falling apart for him. Even if he wanted to help Macri he doesn't have the political capital to do much about it. Hollande will be lucky to keep his own head out of the basket.

    Feb 28th, 2016 - 08:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • L0B0MAU

    REF: Mercosur/EU Trade-Talks:
    With the 50-50 chance of “Brexit” by June; how long is the Eu going to last, will be the 1st Question.

    Secondly; The farmers from the 1st World Countries depend upon the subsidies & protections from their governments/blocks.

    Instead; they should be given subsidies AND incentives - not only by their own govts. but also by the govts. in South America - to cultivate the lands in the Underdeveloped Americas, where:
    - the farming areas are many, much bigger,
    - the costs of farming & living are lower than Europe and
    - the climate is more suitable for farming during longer periods [throughout a year].

    If the industries from the 1st World Countries can open their Manufacturing Units in Latin America; why can't similar procedures be possible to open Farming-Opportunities in Latin America; for the European Farmers?

    This can not only create a win-win situation for the concerned countries but will also promote mutual growth while opening many more trade-opportunities.

    Feb 29th, 2016 - 01:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    @17 What you probably meant to ask was the degree to which the UK might prosper by leaving the EU.

    Perhaps you didn't notice that crops are already raised in the “Underdeveloped Americas” as you say. You'd be surprised. It's been going on for months now. And much of the production is already done in coordination with the civilised nations. So your suggestion is about 100 years behind the times.

    “If the industries from the 1st World Countries can open their Manufacturing Units in Latin America...” This is done mostly as an enormous humanitarian effort, so that the legions of the Great Unwashed have something to do besides sullying their loincloths and poking the snakes with sticks. Foreign manufacturers set up assembly plants to that los mafiosos punteros políticos can obtain bribes and semi-skilled local labour can re-assemble parts manufactured in the civilised and technologically adroit nations. Ever wonder why there is no modern automobile brand that is Argentine? Hint: it rhymes with “incapable.”

    Do you want you want to know why there is so little direct foreign ownership of farming and ranching operations by the civilised nations? It's largely because of the inevitable habitual behaviour of the immensely corrupt fourth-world countries to steal, handicap, or otherwise interfere with the successful operations of foreign farmers.

    Feb 29th, 2016 - 04:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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