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South Africa


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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