Françoise Hollande expressed his support to King Philip VI in a letter sent to Juan Carlos I.
Julio García. Madrid
The president of the French Republic, Françoise Hollande, has sent a letter to King Juan Carlos I, after his abdication, where he expresses his recognition for strengthening of the French-Spanish friendship during his reign and, at the same time, announces King Philip VI that France will be “unfailingly” by his side.
Hollande expresses this recognition on behalf of himself and of the French people and he remembers that King Juan Carlos I stood up to the members of the coup d’état in February 1981. “To those nostalgic for past times he imposed that day his courage and his determination. The image remains in our memories as an example of his solid dedication to democracy, to unity and to reconciliation, a dedication confirmed with Spain’s entry into the European Union and with his economic, social and cultural recognition”, the missive indicates.
Hollande assures that “Spain and France have a common understanding of the challenges they pose so that the values of peace, security, prosperity and solidarity, succeed in Europe and in the world. Our exceptional cooperation, throughout his entire reign, has proved this; the future will confirm it, I am sure of it”.
After that, the president of the French Republic highlights that with King Philip VI “a new page opens for the Spanish history, in a moment when Spain, which has paid a high price to the crisis and has tolerated painful efforts, starts its recovery”.
“Philip VI will receive, he can be certain about it, all the friendship and all the trust that France had for him being unfailingly by his side. It will be a pleasure to maintain the best relations with His Majesty the King”, Hollande states.
Valls shares with Philip VI the continuity of the good Spanish-French relations
For his part, the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, has also sent a letter to King Juan Carlos I where he pays tribute to him for his performance at the service of democracy and the relations between Spain and France.
Valls, who remembers his Spanish origin, also praises the performance of Juan Carlos I in the 23-F and the service provided “for the development of our relations in all fields”. Besides, the missive also highlights his time as the French Minister of the Interior, from which he assures feeling satisfied with the joint performance against terrorism and for the security of the citizens.
The French prime minister concludes with the hope of maintaining those relations between his government and the King Philip VI, sending a message of friendship and affection for him, “with the spirit of friendship, trust and solidarity marking the relations between both countries”.