PM Sobotka on France visit

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka began a two-day visit to France on Thursday, his first trip to the country as PM. Mr Sobotka met French President François Holland; a meeting with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is scheduled for Friday. The Czech prime minister’s agenda is dominated by trade and investment issues as well as Europe’s energy security and EU affairs. Mr Sobotka, who is leader of the Czech Social Democrats, is also due to attend several events held by the French Socialist Party as part of their campaign ahead of European elections.