Francois Hollande, former French president says Poland has unique importance

Francois Hollande, the former president of France, has told the Rzeczpospolita daily newspaper that in his view, Poland has a unique importance due to its population, location, as well as economic and military potential.

In an interview for the newspaper, published on Thursday, Hollande said he was one of the most pro-Polish presidents of France over the past 30 years. He was also, he added, the French head of state who visited Poland most frequently.

"I believe that your country has a unique importance ," Hollande stated, "owing to the size of its population, its geographical location, as well as its economic and military potential."

The former president expressed regret at the cancellation, in 2016, of the contract to buy French Caracal helicopters for the Polish army.

He stated, however, that due to Poland's importance, "there is a need for trust-based relations between France, Poland and Germany."