On Thursday evening Sergei Ivanov and Michele Alliot-Marie are to arrive in Saint-Jean-de-Luz to hold talks on bilateral cooperation in defense, international and regional security spheres. This town in the west of France was chosen to host the talks by the French side. The French Defense Minister was its mayor for seven years.
On their way to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Michele Alliot-Marie, heading the Defense Ministry since 2002, told Sergei Ivanov about historic places of the Basque land located by the Pyrenees foothills. The two ministers attended a Catholic church in one of Basque villages and bowed to a memorial plate commemorating local residents killed in World Wars I and II.