President Hollande meets UK Prime Minister in Paris
President Hollande welcomes Mrs May to Paris for talks on counter-terrorism, security, bilateral defence and the UK’s future outside the EU
21 July 2016
President Hollande has welcomed UK Prime Minister Theresa May to Paris.
It is the first time the two leaders have met since Mrs May succeeded David Cameron as Prime Minister.
On the agenda during the one-hour meeting at the Elysée Palace was counter-terrorism, security, bilateral defence cooperation and the UK’s future outside the EU.
President Hollande and Theresa May spoke in a press conference about a variety of issues including Brexit.
"Article 50 can be used only at the request, on the initiative, of a country – in this case the United Kingdom," said M. Hollande.
"So it’s a discussion between us, between the 27 and the UK, and it’s mutual understanding that must lead this procedure to be triggered – in our eyes, as quickly as possible.
"But we must persuade each other that it’s in Europe’s interest, in the interest of our respective countries, for these negotiations to begin, on foundations that must be prepared by the British government."
The President then hosted Mrs May for a dinner at the Elysée Palace.