The message said, in part:
“I have a warm memory of our recent meetings in St. Petersburg and Moscow. It is important that in the new century the traditions of frank and effective Russian-French partnership are strengthened. This partnership is based on a common historical experience, a unique mutual influence of cultures and ideas and, finally, the entwinement of human destinies.
“I am sure that the dynamic development of all-round cooperation between our countries will help strengthen international security and stability.”