Three French senators arrive in Pakistan to cement bilateral ties

04:10 PM | 24 Apr, 2019
Three French senators arrive in Pakistan to cement bilateral ties
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ISLAMABAD – A delegation of three French Senators arrived in Pakistan to boost the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The three lawmakers, who belong to the France-Pakistan inter-parliamentary friendship group, will stay in the South Asian country till April 27, 2019, during their visit in the framework of the bilateral relationship between France and Pakistan.

The delegation is headed by Mr. Pascal Allizard, Senator of county of Calvados (Normandy) and Chairman of the France-Pakistan inter-parliamentary friendship group as well as vice-president of the Foreign Affairs Committee and will include Mrs. Gisèle Jourda, Senator of Aude county (Occitanie) and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Mrs. Chantal Deseyne, Senator of Eure-et-Loir (Centre-Val-de-Loire) and member of the Social Affairs Committee.

The three-member delegation met Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad today.

After discussing bilateral relations and regional situation, the two sides expressed satisfaction at the current level of cooperation in all areas of mutual interest including trade & investment, inter-parliamentary coordination and people-to-people contacts.


Profiles of French Senators visiting Pakistan

Pascal Allizard

Age: 56

Political party: Les Républicains (center-right)

He began as an industrial director in a firm specialized in mechanical equipment. He was elected mayor of Condé-en-Normandie (county of Calvados, Normandy) in 1995 whilst maintaining strong relationships with the local economic and industrial sectors.

He was elected Senator in 2014 and became vice-president of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Since, he is the chairman of the France-Pakistan inter-parliamentary friendship group and actively participated in its thriving.

He travelled three times in Pakistan and marked a fierce interest in all matters regarding economical and commercial partnerships between the two countries.

Mrs Chantal Deseyne

Age: 62

Political party: Les Républicains (center-right)

She is a local elected since 2001 and was elected Senator in 2014. She is member of the Social Affairs Committee and takes special interest in all matters regarding drugs prohibition and regulation. She was her Committee special whig in 2016 for the Overseas French Territories Bill.

She is an active member of the France-Pakistan inter-parliamentary friendship group.

Mrs Gisèle Jourda

Age: 64

Political party: Parti socialiste (center-left)

She became an early member of the Movement against Racism and for Friendship between peoples in her constituency. She had an active involvement in associations, especially regarding childhood and disabled people issues.

She became a Senator in 2014 and in a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. She produced a significant amount of reports and contributions, specially about fight against terrorism.


This new visit, the fourth one for Senator Allizard and the second one for Senator Jourda, illustrates the noticeable interest of the Chairman of France-Pakistan inter-parliamentary friendship group and his fellow members for the country, its economic projects and integration in the region.

Their visit is jointly organized by the Embassy of France in Pakistan and the Senate of Pakistan. During its stay, the delegation will travel to Islamabad, Karachi and Gwadar. They will have meetings with Pakistani authorities as well as with representatives of the private sector that will certainly contribute to the deepening of bilateral contacts and relations relations between France and Pakistan.