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France and South Sudan

Political relations

France recognized South Sudan on 9 July 2011. It has had representation to the autonomous government of South Sudan since 2006, when it opened an embassy office in Juba. This office was transformed into a Consulate-General in 2010. Since the proclamation of independence on 9 July 2011, the French Consulate-General in Juba has become France’s Embassy in South Sudan. South Sudan opened an Embassy in France in July 2012.

• Visits to Paris: Working visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Nhial Deng Nhial, on 7 and 8 March 2012, on his first visit to Europe since the country’s independence; participation of President Salva Kiir in the Élysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa (December 2013).

• Visits to Juba: Alain Juppé, Ministre d’État, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, represented France in Juba for the independence ceremonies.

Economic relations

Economic exchanges between France and South Sudan remain relatively limited. The French companies Total, Altai Consulting, Bolloré Africa Logistics, and PCM are present.

Humanitarian assistance and cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

In 2014, France provided a bilateral contribution of €3.4 million to the UN emergency humanitarian plans for South Sudan and South-Sudanese refugees. France committed almost a million euros of humanitarian assistance for 2015.

Lastly, France is investing €280,000 in the development of French teaching in South Sudan and also has an Institut français (French Institute) situated within Juba National University. It is the country’s only international cultural centre.

Updated: 1 February 2016

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