AS France look for international allies in the wake of the Paris attacks, the country has made fresh calls for Spain´s support in its fight against terror.
The political situation in Spain has cast a shadow on the dialogue between the countries as the ruling Popular Party are reluctant to announce new measures ahead of the general elections in Spain on December 20.
Speaking about Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the French PM Manuel Valls said on Tuesday,
“We understand that Rajoy is waiting for the general election, but there is no doubt that France is open to receiving any kind of help that will relieve our operations abroad.”
France´s ambassador to Spain, Yves Saint-Geours, said that although the French should not get involved in the election campaign in Spain there are ‘things that should be discussed right now.’
The French soldiers who are deployed abroad are in need of support after more than 10,000 troops were mobilised to reinforce police and security in France.
The President of France, Francois Hollande, held an hour long press conference with US President Barack Obama in the White House on Tuesday in a strong show of solidarity between the two leaders.
Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy is set to meet Hollande in Paris next Monday at a UN summit on climate change which could present an opportunity for more clarity on future agreements between the nations.