Cultural network update – South Africa – “French, the language of employment” forum (15-17.04.15)
The Embassy of France in South Africa will host the “French, the language of employment” forum in the country’s 3 main cities - Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town - from April 15 to17.
South Africa – Visit by Matthias Fekl (07-08.04.15)
After the state visit by the President in October 2013 and ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s visit to France, this trip is aimed at supporting French businesses in South Africa. That country is France’s largest export market in sub-Saharan Africa, with good results in the transport, energy, agrifoods, healthcare, innovation, and tourism sectors.
South Africa – Death of novelist André Brink (06.02.15)
We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of South African novelist André Brink on February 6. We offer our condolences to his family and loved ones.
South Africa – Handing over of the sound recordings of the 1964 Rivonia Trial to the National Audiovisual Institute (15.10.14)
Threatened by obsolescence, these recordings will gain a new lease of life thanks to the conservation and digitization work that will be carried out by the National Audiovisual Institute, whose expertise is internationally recognized. In 2016, this precious memory will again be entrusted to the South African people and will be freely available to historians, researchers, journalists and citizens throughout the world.
South Africa – Death of Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (14.07.14)
Nadine Gordimer was a talented writer committed to the fight against apartheid; she leaves behind an important collection of work. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991 and was awarded the rank of Officer of the National Order of Merit and Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.
South Africa – Laurent Fabius’s meeting with Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa (05.07.14)
At the meeting they talked about all aspects of our bilateral relationship, in particular the deepening of our economic exchanges.
South Africa – National and provincial elections (07.05.14)
France welcomes the victory of the African National Congress in the national and provincial elections on May 7. It wishes it every success over the next five years.
Photo exhibition of South Africa by Don Mullan in remembrance of Nelson Mandela – during the the South-Africa Season in France (17-29.12.13)
Photographer Don Mullan presented his photographs of South Africa in large format on the Place du Palais Royal from 17 to 29 December 2013, in remembrance of Nelson Mandela.
Tribute to Nelson Mandela - Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs (05.12.13)
"With Nelson Mandela, we mourn the passing away of the father of South Africa, the pillar of the struggle for freedom and the builder of reconciliation."
Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (05.12.13)
On the eve of the Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, the two ministers discussed the regional crises in Africa – notably in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo – as well as the political situation in Madagascar.
Nelson Mandela International Day (18.07.13)
In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
Forum for political dialogue between France and South Africa (26.06.13)
This forum for political dialogue is held every year, with the location alternating between France and South Africa; it helps to strengthen our close bilateral relations and ensure the effective coordination of French and South African diplomacy on the international scene.
France-South Africa Season - Laurent Fabius’s participation in the opening of the exhibition entitled "Nelson Mandela: From Prisoner to President” (29.05.13)
This exhibition was a highlight of the opening week in Paris of the France-South Africa Season, which ran until December 2013. It made possible, for the first time in France, to present President Mandela’s life story and his fight for equality and human rights through images, films and first-hand accounts.
Launch of the 2013 South African Season in France (17.04.13)
After a French Season in South Africa which featured more than 100 events throughout South Africa from July to November 2012, the South African Season in France took place from May to December 2013 in more than 100 cities throughout France and in the Reunion Island.
Statement by Laurent Fabius – 22nd anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Paris
22 years after this historic visit, which was reciprocated by President Mitterrand’s visit to South Africa in 1994, our attachment to and respect for Nelson Mandela have not wavered. They’ve been strengthened by a new responsibility; the responsibility to remain faithful to the values to which this extraordinary personality devoted his life. Bolstered by this shared awareness, the French and the South Africans must work together in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
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- France / South Africa (in French)