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Abe plans to visit France around Bastille Day to attend Japanese culture event


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may visit France from July 12 to 14, informed sources said.

He is expected to attend an opening ceremony for Japonismes 2018, an event for introducing Japanese culture, in Paris on July 12, the sources said.

He may also view a Bastille Day parade on July 14 to mark the anniversary of the pivotal 1789 storming of the fortress during the French Revolution, the sources said.

On Thursday, Abe met with Francois de Rugy, president of the National Assembly, the lower house of France’s parliament, at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo.

Abe said he looks forward to the visit, and the National Assembly chief said he wants Abe to visit the assembly if time permits.