France has traditionally been a capital of sympathy reinforced by its support for Bulgaria’s dual candidacy to the European Union and NATO and, more recently, its role in the release of Bulgarian medical staff held in Libya, on July 24th, 2007.
Dialogue with Bulgaria has significantly grown since the early 2000s with several visits by the Prime Minister and many ministerial visits. In this very favorable context, the President of the Republic made an official visit to Sofia on October 4th, 2007, accompanied by State Secretary for European Affairs Jouyet. In addition to the honor paid to President Sarkozy by President Parvanov for the medical staff’s release, the visit was an opportunity for both parties to affirm their common desire to establish a strategic partnership between France and Bulgaria. In this regard, the strategic partnership agreement signed between France and Bulgaria on July 4th, 2008 on the occasion of the Bulgarian Prime Minister’s visit to Paris is the culmination of our efforts to build a close and fruitful relationship. Indeed, it provides for strengthened cooperation between France and Bulgaria in several areas including the economy, defense, as well as justice and European affairs. Bulgaria is the fifth new Member State in the European Union with which France has signed such a partnership governed by a road map that could be updated later in 2011. More recently, Minister of Justice Rachida Dati’s visit on September 8th, 2008 to Sophia noted the quality of our cooperation in judicial and criminal matters (more than 50 European arrest warrants have been executed by Bulgaria at the request of France since January 1st, 2007) and our convergence of views on European policies in the field of justice and home affairs (including matters relating to the mechanism for cooperation and verification, where we saw the Bulgarian authorities’ good will and constructive attitude).
2009 was an opportunity to celebrate two events that profoundly affected the bilateral relationship: President Mitterrand’s visit to Bulgaria on January 18th-19th, 1989, was particularly marked by meetings with dissidents and students, a few months before the fall of communism; the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and Bulgaria on July 8th, 1879, whose 130th anniversary was highlighted by the French Embassy by producing a book of photographs of the Russo-Turkish war that resulted in Bulgaria’s independence in 1878. Secretary of State for European Affairs Mr. Pierre Lellouche’s visit to Sofia on September 7th and 8th, 2009, and Mr. Borissov’s visit to Paris on October 12th, 2009, at the invitation of President of the Republic, have confirmed the new government’s desire to work closely with France, and its willingness to give new impetus to the strategic partnership, particularly in the following areas: government reform and good governance, defense and armaments, energy.
Updated on 15.06.11
African Union – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union (03.10.14)
This meeting provided an opportunity to strengthen the close dialogue between France and the African Union on issues relating to peace and security in Africa, notably in the Sahel-Saharan strip and the Central African Republic. Mr. Fabius and Mr. Chergui reaffirmed their shared commitment to supporting the fight against terrorism on the continent.
Africa – Terrorism – Meeting of the African Union (02.09.14)
France welcomes the meeting on September 2 in Nairobi that the African Union Peace and Security Council devoted to the fight against terrorism and violent extremism in Africa, under the chairmanship of Idriss Déby, President of the Republic of Chad, in which it participated.
Golan Heights – Kidnapping of blue helmets (29.08.14)
France condemns the detention by armed groups of 43 Fijian blue helmets deployed within the framework of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force on the Golan Heights (UNDOF), as well as the surrounding of Filipino blue helmets.
Situation of the Eastern Christians - Communiqué issued by Laurent Fabius and Bernard Cazeneuve (28.07.14)
The situation of the Eastern Christians is unfortunately dramatic. The ultimatum issued to these communities in Mosul by ISIS is the latest tragic example of the terrible threat facing these people – who have historically been an integral part of the region – by jihadist groups in Iraq as well as Syria and elsewhere.
5+5 dialogue - 11th Meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Western Mediterranean (22.05.14)
The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss regional issues and the common challenges faced by the 10 countries – both in the area of security, with the situation in the Sahel-Sahara region, and in the economic field.
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.
Ibero-American General Secretariat – Election of Ms. Rebeca Grynspan (01.04.14)
France welcomes the unanimous election of Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, former Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica, as head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat.
ECOWAS – Election of the Ghanaian chair (29.03.14)
France congratulates President John Dramani Mahama on his election as chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
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.
Support for independent Arab media: CFI, operator of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, strengthens its position (January 2014)
Canal France International (CFI), the French cooperation agency and media operator of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recently signed two substantial contracts (worth €2.7million) with the European Union to develop projects in support of independent media in the Arab world.
African Union - Presentation of border archives (29.11.13)
These documents concern 45 treaties and maps of countries in West, North and East Africa during the period of 1845-1956.
Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Regional Ministerial Meeting on Border Security (14.11.13)
The challenges posed by trafficking, illegal immigration and terrorism concern us all and require more effective control of Libya’s border areas, and more generally the Sahara-Sahel region.
Visit to Paris by José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) (21-22.02.13)
The discussions provided an opportunity to confirm France’s determination to deepen its political relations and strengthen its cooperation with all countries of the region.
“Latin America – a major foreign policy objective” - Op-ed published by Laurent Fabius in the French newspaper Le Figaro (20.02.13)
Starting on February 21, I will travel to three Latin American countries – Colombia, Panama and Peru – to work on revitalizing our relations with this continent. My visit to the region, following those by the president and the prime minister, has a clear purpose: we want to foster a lasting rapprochement with Latin America; this is a major foreign policy objective for us.
Election of Hailemariam Desalegn as chairman of the African Union (28.01.13)
France welcomes the election of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn as chairman of the African Union. It commends the exemplary work of the outgoing presidency held by Benin, notably with respect to Mali, for which it encouraged the mobilization of the African and international community.
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