On Wednesday July 15th, President Enrique Peña Nieto and his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, visited the Mexican training ship Cuauhtémoc while it was moored in Marseille.
On board, Peña Nieto said Mexico and France have an unwavering commitment to the environment, “because, in the end, it is an essential part of our global responsibility to the generations of today and to come.”
He expressed his “contentment and pride to be on French soil, particularly in the city of Marseille,” which is part of the great moment in the relationship between Mexico and France, a historic friendship that today we are both promoting, he said.
Peña Nieto is the first Mexican president to visit Marseille, despite its strong links to the Mexican aerospace industry.
After visiting the headquarters of Airbus Helicopters Marignane in Marseille, the president flew in one of their helicopters from the Calanques National Park to the pier where the Mexican ship was moored, as it performs a training mission through several countries.
Peña Nieto boarded the 33-year-old ship with Hollande, in which cadets of the Heroic Naval Academy are learning the techniques of sailing.
The leaders received the corresponding honors then made a tour of the cabins and other facilities of the ship.
It is the first time two presidents have met aboard the ship, where they received an explanation of the activities the young people get up to during their journey to different parts of the world, which lasts for six months.
Afterward, President Hollande signed the distinguished visitors guestbook in the Admiral’s Chamber and received gifts from Mexico, later disembarking the boat and attending a dinner in honor of President Peña Nieto’s visit.
At the ceremony in honor of his arrival at the Villa Mediterránea, Peña Nieto said that Mexico is a strong ally in France’s efforts to mitigate the effects of global warming and supports Holland for the success of the the 21st Conference of Parties on Climate Change COP21, which will make binding all agreements reached so far on all nations.
The Mexican president recalled that any agreements made so far are only voluntary, but will now be made mandatory and verifiable for all parties.
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