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Life also continues to Manuel Valls. Premier exclusively focused these days on the French management of the crisis caused by the attacks of 7, 8 and 9 January, will change of air and political climate this week. Mr. Valls has to go to China for an official visit of three days, from 29 to 31 January. A long-planned trip to the head of government, less than two years after that made by François Hollande in April 2013.
The tribulations in China the Prime Minister, at very economic statistics, came as M . Valls fate largely reinforced the sequence of the last two weeks. For the first time in many months, the head of government again burst of popularity ceilings in the polls, with 63% of “good opinion” according to a survey published Sunday, January 25 Odoxa by Le Parisien . If the head of state, too, is experiencing a resurgence of popularity, his prime minister stands, however, to the point that he would even “better” President Francois Hollande 72% of respondents
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These results are timely to give his Asian trip a tone and add any presidential and political profile of Mr. Valls a dimension that still lacks. If they do not use clear comparison, relatives suggest that the leader of the French Government is awaited as a head of state by the Chinese regime. “It will be very well received, China’s leaders are very interested in him because he embodies a certain French modernity” explains his entourage, referring to the three face to face interviews scheduled with the President Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang his Prime Minister and President of the National People’s Congress Zhang Dejiang.
The Prime Minister, who prepared his trip to receiving Monday 26 January at Matignon several French academic world specialists China, for its part, intends to “establish a personal relationship with senior leaders” the People’s Republic says Matignon.
A speech “pro-business”
If there is – news oblige – discuss with them the fight against terrorism, as the environmental issue before the global climate conference scheduled in Paris at the end of the year Manuel Valls decided to focus primarily its movement on economic issues. Accompanied by fifty leaders of major French industrial groups (Areva, EDF, GDF-Suez, Thales, LVMH, Sanofi-Pasteur …) and
SMEs in the agri-food and insurance, he must visit Franco-Chinese Airbus assembly plant in the city of Tianjin, Michelin’s research and development center in Shanghai, Beijing and signed several trade agreements or, at least, “letters of intent” in the fields of transport, health or aeronautics.
Most of all, the Prime Minister who “loves companies’ plans to hold in the middle of a speech empire” pro-business “as he did it every time in recent months during his tour of European capitals. “He wants to assure China that France is open
its companies and its investors. He will say to the Chinese: “You are welcome in France: we want more of your investments, the more economic partnerships with you, over your tourists in France”, “ ad his entourage. An ode to the world’s largest economy dictated by the insufficient level of
economic exchanges between the two countries while the market share of France in China was only 1.18% in 2013 against almost 4 8% in Germany, according to the Quai d’Orsay in November 2014.
This new dimension of head of state for Mr. Valls, combined with very good popularity polls can Forward-they tend its relations with François Hollande? Not surprisingly, the Prime Minister replied that he did not. He said instead that the executive duo released more than ever strengthened by its joint management of terrorist events and even goes so far as to place
back from Mr. Holland that “was in absolute phase with the country “ since January 7, he says in private
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But At the same time, the Prime Minister considers the dramatic reversal of the image of the President of the Republic to the French can not be interpreted in the long term. “It’s too early to say that François Hollande has killed the game left for president. 2017 is too far away to be categorical and the new current balance is fragile “, said a relative of Mr. Valls adds, cruel, that ” must never forget that Churchill was ruled by the British after the Second World War. “
During his wishes to the press on 20 January, the prime minister spoke his own Elysian own ambitions in terms that can still cast doubt on his true intentions.