France and Estonia have enjoyed close relations since Estonia’s first declaration of independence in 1918. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established when Estonia joined the League of Nations in 1921, and bilateral relations flourished up to the Second World War. On Estonia’s second declaration of independence in 1991, diplomatic relations were immediately re-established. The creation of the Estonian Institute in Paris in 2001, Estonia’s accession to the European Union in 2004 and its adoption of the euro in 2011 marked further cultural, political and economic milestones that have brought the two countries significantly closer.
Bilateral visits are numerous and frequent. Prime Minister Ansip visited Paris on 7 October 2011 for the inauguration of the Estonian cultural festival Estonia Tonique. The Culture Ministers of the two countries held separate talks while the festival’s opening ceremony unfolded. On 20 December 2011, Estonian Foreign Affairs Minister Urmas Paet visited Paris, where he was welcomed by Alain Juppé.
Bernard Cazeneuve, Junior Minister for European Affairs, visited Estonia in September 2012 for talks with the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Updated on 14.21.12