France and Yemen
France was one of the first countries to speak out in favour of the departure of President Saleh and to support the CCASG plan signed on 23 November 2011 in coordination with the EU and the United States. France supported the adoption of resolutions 2014 and 2051 by the United Nations Security Council, which asked the former President to engage in a political transition immediately on the basis of the CCASG plan. To further the political transition, France appointed a constitutional expert to assist Yemeni authorities in preparing and drafting the new constitution.
France, together with the United States and the United Kingdom, sponsored Resolution 2216 adopted on 14 April by the United Nations Security Council. It underpins the need to swiftly resume dialogue to find an inclusive political solution in a context where the Houthi rebellion is continuing to commit acts to destabilize the country.
The last official visit to Yemen was made by Bernard Kouchner on 21 February 2009. He met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Abu Bakr al-Qirbi and President Ali Abdulla Saleh. The last visits from Yemeni officials to Paris were those of the former Minister of Oil and Minerals in February 2012 (the first member of the transition Government to meet with Alain Juppé), that of President Abd Rabuh Mansur Hadi, who met with President Hollande on 4 October 2012, and that of Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad Yassine, who met with Laurent Fabius in July 2015.
Economically speaking, Total, the leader of the liquefied natural gas project, the Yemen LNG consortium (the biggest industrial project ever conducted in Yemen), is the number one investor in the country (total investments of €6.2 billion in oil exploitation and in gas liquefaction in the Yemen LNG consortium).
Due to the worsening security situation, the Embassy of France in Yemen was temporarily closed in February 2015.