Minister pays tribute to "linchpin" of Franco-German cooperation
Germany/death of Hans-Dietrich Genscher – Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Paris, 1 April 2016
I was saddened to learn of the death of Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor from 1974 to 1982 and from 1982 to 1992.
He was one of the main players in reunification, and through his political as much as his human qualities he made an impact on that major period in Europe’s history.
I extend my sincere condolences to his loved ones.
France pays tribute to the memory of a convinced European, a linchpin of Franco-German cooperation and a champion of Germany’s reunification./.