Historically speaking, Thailand is France’s oldest partner in South-East Asia, as two diplomatic delegations from the Kingdom of Siam visited France in 1684 and 1686 and were received by Louis XIV in Versailles. In 1893, the Franco-Siamese War led Siam to evacuate Laos which was incorporated into French Indochina. The 1904 crisis led in 1906 to the incorporation of Battambang Province into Cambodia.
Our bilateral relationship is highly diverse. New momentum was generated by two successive action plans in recent years which were marked by the visit of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to Paris in July 2012 and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to Bangkok in February 2013.
France condemned the coup d’état of 22 May 2014 on the very day, calling for an immediate return to constitutional order, the holding of an electoral process as early as possible and compliance with fundamental freedoms.