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Romania – Meeting between Harlem Désir and his counterpart (Paris, May 28, 2015)

Mr. Désir and Mr. Ciamba will discuss key European issues, notably the response to the migration challenges and the fight against terrorism. They will also take stock of preparations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, the situation in the Western Balkan countries and the strengthening of French-Romanian bilateral cooperation, especially in the economic sphere.

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Introduction

The cultural ties between our two countries date back several hundreds of years. The dissemination of the French language in Romania dates back to the 18th century, when the Romanian principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia were still under Ottoman rule and the sons of important Romanian families would go to Paris for their studies. Over the centuries, France has played host to numerous intellectuals, researchers and artists of Romanian origin: Cioran, Brancusi, Eliade, Ionesco, Anna de Noailles, Enesco, etc.

The political relations between France and Romania are also long-standing, originating in the role played by Napoleon III in the foundation of the young Romanian State on the European scene in the 19th century, and then in France’s assistance in building this new State (although in competition with Germany). World War I gave rise to a lasting brotherhood of arms. Under the communist regime, ties were maintained (General de Gaulle’s visit to Romania in May 1968). France’s considerable and constant support of Romania’s dual candidacy to join the European Union and NATO is in line with this tradition of the special relations that unite our two countries. In addition, Romania is a valuable ally to France in multilateral arenas.

Updated on 24.08.12

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