France recognized Kosovo on 18 February 2008, just after its proclamation of independence. It has played an active role in settling the Kosovo issue, first as a member of the Contact Group, a group of States tasked with monitoring the UN trusteeship over Kosovo, then, after 2004, during negotiations on the status led by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Secondly, France has maintained an active presence in the field and is one of the leading contributors to the KFOR (780 soldiers out of a total of 10,000) and EULEX (188 judges, police and customs officers, out of nearly 1,800). The French are also present within the International Civilian Office and the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (OMIK).
Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim THAÇI was received by French President Nicolas Sarkozy during his first official visit to France on 8 June 2009.
The Minister went to Pristina on 1-2 March 2010. He gave a speech at the Kosovo Assembly and was received by Mr.Sejdiu, President of Kosovo, Mr.Thaçi, Prime Minister, and Mr.Hyseni, Minister of Foreign Affairs. He visited the Kosovo Serb town of Gracanica.
In the framework of regular exchanges between the two countries, the Minister hosted his counterpart, Mr.Skender Hyseni, on 3 May 2010.
The Secretary of State for European Affairs went to Pristina on 23 July 2010, following the publication of the advisory opinion of the ICJ, which decided on the compliance with international law of Kosovo’s declaration of independence.
Updated on : 02.03.11