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Juncker visit to parliament cancelled

Politico, Dec 3

An address to the French National Assembly on Tuesday by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was cancelled to “give priority” to a hearing on the “Gilets Jaunes” protests that have swept across the country in recent weeks.

Juncker had been scheduled to go to Paris to participate in a cocktail reception at the hemicycle, deliver a speech to MPs and later debate with them. He also had a meeting scheduled with Richard Ferrand, the president of the National Assembly and a “working dinner” with President Emmanuel Macron. It is unclear whether the dinner will go ahead.

A statement issued by the parliament Monday said Juncker’s visit would be postponed until “a later date” because a formal session of questions to the government about the riots had been put on the agenda.

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