The terrorist attacks in France earlier this year targeted not only France, but also the freedom of speech and expression, the dearest things to us, French Ambassador to Armenia Jean-Francois Charpentier told reporters in Yerevan.
“The threat of radical expressions on the religious ground is urgent in France today, and this makes the authorities raise security not only inside France, but also beyond its borders. We attach more importance to the maintenance of democratic values than we ever did,” the Ambassador said.
Speaking about French-Armenian relations, Amb. Charpentier said: “We should use all possible tools for the development of trade relations.” He said the French Carrefour supermarket will probably open in Yerevan in March 2015.
The Ambassador said Armenia’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union has not affected the Armenia-EU relations.
The French Ambassador confirmed Francois Hollande will visit Armenia on April 24 for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.