LATEST NEWS AND STATEMENTS
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 is a highlight of the opening week in Paris of the France-South Africa Season, which will run until December 2013. It will make it 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 will take place from May to December 2013 in more than 100 cities throughout France and in the Reunion Island.
Inauguration of the French Season in South Africa (12-13.07.12)
This Season will showcase, from July to November 2012, more than 80 mainly cultural and artistic projects, as well as economic, sports, and scientific-related projects, selected by the French and South African Commissioners, Laurent Clavel and Bongani Tembe.
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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