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France played a key role in the founding of the first Czechoslovak Republic: creation of the Czechoslovak army in Darney, in the Vosges, when, on June 30th, 1918, President Poincaré gave the Czechoslovak national flag to 6,000 Czech and Slovak legionnaires; creation in Paris, rue Bonaparte, of the provisional Czechoslovak government on September 26th, 1918, recognized by the French Government on the following October 15th. While the long totalitarian period (1939-1989) was marked by the modest level of our relations, the two countries began building closer ties following the “Velvet Revolution” with the Czech Republic’s pre-accession process to the EU.

A strategic partnership was established in June 2008. It was updated on February 11th, 2011, with a new action plan, covering the period 2011-2013. It covers a wide domain encompassing our common priorities. In particular, we should mention the creation of a Franco-Czech energy working group (meeting three times in Prague and Paris), as well as the initiative to improve mutual familiarity by the younger generation (Youth Talent Forum).

The visit by Mr. Necas to Paris (February 10th and 11th, 2011), the first abroad – excluding immediate neighbors and Brussels – since his arrival at the head of the government in July 2010, confirmed the new climate of trust established between the two countries since Prime Minister Jan Fischer visited Paris in May 2010 and Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg on September 6th, 2010 and May 25th, 2011 during which he met with his counterparts. The Czech Prime Minister returned to Paris in January 2012.

Updated on : 12.10.12


  • Ebola – Adoption of resolution 2177 (18.09.14)

    This resolution calls on member states to strengthen their mobilization and better coordinate their efforts in support of the countries affected, with the support of the UN secretary-general. France welcome Ban Ki-moon’s decision to establish a UN mission on the ground.

  • 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.

  • Ebola epidemic – Sending of French healthcare reinforcements to Guinea (04.09.14)

    In response to the appeal by the World Health Organization (WHO), Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Marisol Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights, are scaling up France’s assistance in the fight against the Ebola epidemic by sending a contingent of healthcare and medical experts to Guinea.

  • 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.

  • 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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