The work of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

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The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs works to represent, defend and promote the interests of France and French nationals in all areas in foreign countries and international organizations.

Working throughout the world

Who represents the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs?

It is represented by the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, who share France’s position on the main European issues.
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France, the third-largest diplomacy network in the world

The Ministry is supported by a large network of embassies and consulates abroad, which work in constant collaboration with the central administration in Paris, La Courneuve and Nantes. France is the third most represented country in the world, after China and the United States.

The Ministry budget (approximately €5 billion in 2020) represents 1% of the overall government budget. Half of this budget is devoted to international contributions and action.
Some emblematic examples of its use:
• €303 million for peacekeeping operations
• €373 million for French nationals abroad and consular affairs
• €703 million for some 80 international organizations, agreements and programmes
• €373 million for French nationals abroad and consular affairs
• €842 million for the European Development Fund

Brochure: The French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in Brief

Updated: April 2018