Poland can play key role in Europe - French minister

Poland can play a key role in mapping out Europe's future, French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told the Polish daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna on Wednesday.

"Poland can play a key role when it comes to the future of Europe, and France knows this. Already today (Poland - PAP) is one of the main players on the European scene," Le Maire said.

He added that he was a great supporter of tightening bilateral ties between France and Poland, and observed that such relations "carried huge potential."

Listing possible areas of cooperation with Poland, the French minister mentioned a French-German electric car battery project which Poland could join. He added that the undertaking called for haste as China and Korea offered considerable competition in the field.

Commenting the recent cooling in Polish-French relations over Poland's withdrawal from the purchase of French-made Caracal helicopters for its armed forces, Le Maire said it was time to bury old contentions and concentrate on raising cooperation, and assured that French-Polish ties today were going through "not just spring, but summer".