France recognized Croatia on 15 January 1992 and established diplomatic ties with Zagreb in April 1992. Our bilateral relations, which have developed since the democratic transition that followed the death of President Tudjman in December 1999, are excellent. The French President received President Stjepan Mesic on 18 December 2007. Gordan Jandrokovic, Foreign Affairs Minister, went to Paris on 5 March 2008. The French President and the Prime Minister met with Ivo Sanader in Paris, on 23 and 19 February 2009, respectively. The recent visits of the Senate president and the foreign and European affairs minister reaffirmed France’s support of Croatia’s EU accession process.
Interparliamentary exchanges are active, through the France-Croatia Friendship Groups of the National Assembly (Patrick Bloche) and the Senate (Alain Gérard, Finistère). After an initial mission to evaluate Croatia’s progress on its path to European integration in April 2005, Senator Hubert Haenel, President of the EU parliamentary delegation of the Senate, went to Croatia in June 2008 for a visit focusing on the development of Franco-Croatian interparliamentary relations, in particular.
Updated on 12.02.10