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France and Uruguay are linked by deep political, cultural and linguistic affinities. France played an important role in Uruguay’s history, providing invaluable assistance at the time of its independence. The Uruguayan State is partly built on the French model (secularism, Napoleonic code, education system), carried there by the many French immigrants of the day: at the end of the 19th century, the French community accounted for almost a third of Uruguay’s population. Relations were nevertheless put on hold for the duration of the military dictatorship (1973-1985), during which France offered asylum to large numbers of refugees.


  • Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (28-30.04.14)

    The 6th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States took place from April 28 to 30 in Mérida, Mexico. It marked the 20th anniversary of this regional organization of which France has been an associate member since it was established in 1994.

  • Presidency of the African Union in 2014 (30.01.14)

    France warmly congratulates Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, on his election as chairman of the African Union in 2014. It expresses its full trust in the new chairman and wishes him every success in carrying out his mandate.



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