France pays tribute to Helmut Kohl

Germany – European Union/death of Helmut Kohl – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 16 June 2017

Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, was saddened to learn of the death of former German chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Helmut Kohl was one of Europe and the free world’s great men.

The architect of his country’s unification, Helmut Kohl forged, with François Mitterrand, Europe’s unity and deepened the Franco-German relationship.

Our Europe’s major achievements owe a great deal to Helmut Kohl: Schengen, the single currency and the beginnings of European defence.

Reformer, visionary and unifier, Helmut Kohl left his mark on our collective history.

The President expresses his sympathy and friendship to Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany./.

Germany – European Union/death of Helmut Kohl – Communiqué issued by the Prime Minister’s Office

Paris, 16 June 2017

Germany and Europe have lost a great European and a great patriot who managed to reunify Germany without undoing Europe.

Together with François Mitterrand, to whom his magnificent gesture unites him forever in the national remembrance of Verdun, he worked fervently to reconcile memories. With him and then with Jacques Chirac, the Franco-German partnership was the engine of a confident Europe that brought hope to peoples.

With his passing, a whole generation has also lost one of its most brilliant representatives – that generation of men and women who experienced the horrors of the war in Europe and did everything to ensure we never have to relive them./.

Germany – Death of Helmut Kohl – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Paris, 16 June 2017

I was deeply saddened to learn of Helmut Kohl’s passing.

I offer my sincere condolences to his family, and to the authorities and all the people of Germany.

An architect of peace, Helmut Kohl worked with François Mitterrand to build a free, strong and united Europe based on democratic values.

This visionary approach must continue to inspire us for the good of future generations, so that they may flourish./.

Published on 20/06/2017

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