Pierre de Boissieu, the Council of Ministers' deputy secretary-general, is no doubt keeping a close eye on the Swedish presidency's plans for meetings over the next six months.
Relations between de Boissieu and Paris became distinctly strained in the final weeks of the French presidency when several ministerial and IGC meetings were held on Sunday evenings. Apart from the demands on people's personal time, there were budget considerations as staff were drafted in. With the Council's budget running low, de Boissieu twice publicly upbraided his successor in Coreper for the expensive practice. Having witnessed those performances, Sweden is likely to treat Sunday as a day of rest.
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