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Federal FM Heiko Maas is expected in Paris on Tuesday

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According to the Foreign Office, a bilateral meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is planned (Pk 10.00). Both politicians participate in a conference to combat illicit arms trafficking in the Western Balkans. The foreign ministers of six Balkan countries are also expected to do so.

Since the Islamist attacks in 2015, France has been pushing for better control of small arms and light weapons. A joint Franco-German initiative from the end of 2017 provides for increased dialogue with the Balkans and joint action