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A Hungarian delegation has met the French parliament’s French-Hungarian friendship chapter in Paris with a view to strengthening ties between the two countries, Socialist MP Zita Gurmai said. The other members of the delegation were Katalin Novák, the state secretary for family affairs, and Fidesz MP Katalin Csöbör. Gurmai said traditionally warm feelings towards Hungarians “have unfortunately changed in recent years” in France, but that the exchange of information and experiences should “focus on serving national interests…”

“Good French laws can be adapted in Hungary, regardless of the party affiliation of lawmakers. In certain causes, a national consensus is of paramount importance,” she said.  As examples of adaptable French laws, Gurmai cited ratification of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, a law ensuring the equality of men and women before the law, and measures against food waste which require French department stores to donate leftover foods to humanitarian organisations.