Political contacts between France and Finland intensified rapidly after Finland joined the European Union. Preparations for Finland’s Presidency of the EU in the second half of 2006, followed by the French Presidential election of May 2007 and the run-up to the French Presidency of the EU in the latter half of 2008 all fostered encounters at the highest levels: a State visit to France in March 2005 by the President of the Republic of Finland, Mrs. Tarja Halonen; talks between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen in January 2008; a visit by Prime Minister François Fillon to Helsinki in May 2008.
On 13 October 2010, Finnish Premier Mari Kiviniemi held talks in Paris with the French President and Prime Minister. France’s Minister for European Affairs, Laurent Wauquiez, visited Finland on 20 January 2011 for discussions with his Finnish counterpart, Astrid Thors, and Alexander Stubb. Jean Leonetti, France’s Minister for European Affairs, met his Finnish opposite number, Alexander Stubb, on 12 September 2011, in the wings of a meeting of the General Affairs Council in Brussels. On a visit to France, Finland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs,Erkki Tuomioja, met with AlainJuppé on 27 September 2011.
Bernard Cazeneuve, Junior Minister for European Affairs, welcomed Alexander Stubb to Paris on 24 May 2012 for bilateral talks. French Minister of DefenceJean-Yves Le Drian visited Helsinki on 8 June 2012 for a meeting with his Finnish counterpart, Stefan Wallin. Minister for SportValérie Fourneyron was the next to visit Helsinki on 28 June 2012, where she met her opposite number. Most recently, Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen met French President François Hollande on 2 October 2012.
Link to the french embassy in Finland: http://www.ambafrance-fi.org/
Updated on 06.12.12
Situation of the Eastern Christians - Communiqué issued by Laurent Fabius and Bernard Cazeneuve (28.07.14)
The situation of the Eastern Christians is unfortunately dramatic. The ultimatum issued to these communities in Mosul by ISIS is the latest tragic example of the terrible threat facing these people – who have historically been an integral part of the region – by jihadist groups in Iraq as well as Syria and elsewhere.
5+5 dialogue - 11th Meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Western Mediterranean (22.05.14)
The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss regional issues and the common challenges faced by the 10 countries – both in the area of security, with the situation in the Sahel-Sahara region, and in the economic field.
Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (28-30.04.14)
The 6th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States took place from April 28 to 30 in Mérida, Mexico. It marked the 20th anniversary of this regional organization of which France has been an associate member since it was established in 1994.
Ibero-American General Secretariat – Election of Ms. Rebeca Grynspan (01.04.14)
France welcomes the unanimous election of Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, former Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica, as head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat.
ECOWAS – Election of the Ghanaian chair (29.03.14)
France congratulates President John Dramani Mahama on his election as chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Presidency of the African Union in 2014 (30.01.14)
France warmly congratulates Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, on his election as chairman of the African Union in 2014. It expresses its full trust in the new chairman and wishes him every success in carrying out his mandate.
Support for independent Arab media: CFI, operator of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, strengthens its position (January 2014)
Canal France International (CFI), the French cooperation agency and media operator of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recently signed two substantial contracts (worth €2.7million) with the European Union to develop projects in support of independent media in the Arab world.
African Union - Presentation of border archives (29.11.13)
These documents concern 45 treaties and maps of countries in West, North and East Africa during the period of 1845-1956.
Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Regional Ministerial Meeting on Border Security (14.11.13)
The challenges posed by trafficking, illegal immigration and terrorism concern us all and require more effective control of Libya’s border areas, and more generally the Sahara-Sahel region.
Visit to Paris by José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) (21-22.02.13)
The discussions provided an opportunity to confirm France’s determination to deepen its political relations and strengthen its cooperation with all countries of the region.
“Latin America – a major foreign policy objective” - Op-ed published by Laurent Fabius in the French newspaper Le Figaro (20.02.13)
Starting on February 21, I will travel to three Latin American countries – Colombia, Panama and Peru – to work on revitalizing our relations with this continent. My visit to the region, following those by the president and the prime minister, has a clear purpose: we want to foster a lasting rapprochement with Latin America; this is a major foreign policy objective for us.
Election of Hailemariam Desalegn as chairman of the African Union (28.01.13)
France welcomes the election of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn as chairman of the African Union. It commends the exemplary work of the outgoing presidency held by Benin, notably with respect to Mali, for which it encouraged the mobilization of the African and international community.
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