Although largely sharing its culture, history and language with the Germanic world, Luxembourg is very close to France. Luxembourg and France enjoy very close ties. Our relations are marked by a climate of mutual trust and understanding. Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker has always wanted to preserve the special relationship that exists between France and the Grand Duchy.
We have regular contact at the highest level. In October 2000, for their first trip abroad after acceding to the throne, Grand Duke Henri and his wife made an official visit to France. On 5 February 2002, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker received the ensigns of Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour from the French President, with whom he met when he was received at the Académie des sciences morales et politiques on 12 March 2007 (he is the first Luxembourg national to enter under the Dome of the Institut de France). On 27 February 2004, he made an official visit to France, accompanied by Ms. Polfer, Mr. Frieden and Mr. Grethen, a trip similar to that of the French Prime Minister to Luxembourg in July 2003.
The ministerial level contacts are numerous and have continued since the election of Nicolas Sarkozy as President of the Republic, as illustrated by the official visit of French Prime Minister François Fillon, which took place on 25 January 2008 in Luxembourg, in view of the French Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2008.
Updated on 28.06.10
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