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French prime minister to visit Japan early October, seek cooperation on climate conference


French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will visit Japan early next month to seek Tokyo’s cooperation toward a Paris conference on climate change later in the year, the French Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

During his four-day trip from Oct. 2, Valls hopes to hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss the prospects for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP21, to be held from late November.

Valls also plans to hold talks on bilateral security and defense cooperation as well as nuclear energy policy, according to the ministry.

It will be Valls’ first visit to Japan since he assumed office in March last year.