Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, has expressed his shock at hearing of the death of Valery Giscard d’Estaing, a former President of the French Republic and “one of the founding fathers of modern France”, the Prime Minister’s press chief, said in a statement on Saturday.
The letter said Giscard d’Estaing was a standard-bearer of European politics “who achieved so much for peaceful cooperation between peoples”. Orbán added that Hungarians remember him as “a committed supporter of bilateral relations”.
Orbán recalled the “great honour” of receiving a visit from Giscard d’Estaing in 1998 after winning his first general election.
The letter said that “with his many decades of work, unique expertise and patriotism, the former head of state deserves his own chapter in European and French history.” The prime minister added: “Allow me to convey to the whole of the French nation my sympathy on behalf of the Hungarian people.”
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