Morawiecki’s Visit to Paris Puts Economic Cooperation above Politics

The Umpteenth Act of a Complicated Relationship

17 March 2021

French Minister Clément Beaune’s comment that he was prevented from visiting a Polish LGBT-free zone led to a diplomat spat between France and Poland. However, today’s high-level encounter between Mateusz Morawiecki and Emmanuel Macron shows a desire to prioritise economic bonds over any polarising issues.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is expected to meet President Emmanuel Macron this Wednesday, 17 March, in Paris. His meeting is part of a series of high-profile visits initiated last February.

On the French side, there were visits undertaken by Franck Riester (Minister for Foreign Trade and Attractiveness), a delegation from MEDEF (the main employers’ organisation) and Clément Beaune (Secretary of State for European Affairs), while on the Polish side, Jaroslaw Gowin (Deputy Prime Minister for Development, Labor and Technology) met his French counterparts.

While most of these visits have enabled encouraging discussions in various fields, that of Clément Beaune for its part ended in a diplomatic spat concerning the so-called ‘LGBT-free zones’. The last few weeks have thus perfectly illustrated this bilateral relationship’s complexity, which nevertheless does not lack opportunities for both parties.

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Romain Le Quiniou

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Euro Creative, the first think tank in France focusing specifically on Central and Eastern Europe.

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