The Foreign policy
The foreign policy of France is based on a long diplomatic tradition of several centuries and on some basic principles: right of the people todetermine themselves, respect human rights and democratic principles, respect of the Rule of law and co-operation among nations. Within this framework, France attempted to safeguard its national independence while working toward the development of regional and international solidarity. •
•Action within the United Nations
•The fight against terrorism
•French presence in the world
Since 1945, European construction has been at the heart of the French foreign policy. There are several compelling reasons for that: to restore peace and guarantee the safety of States, to devote itself to democratic form of government, and to build an economic space and an integrated monetary union capable of guaranteeing the prosperity of the European people.
Since then, presidents De Gaulle general, Pompidou, Giscard d’Estaing, Mitterrand, Chirac and Sarkozy have not stopped working towards the concretization and development of this European space to make it an economic power and a respected political entity of it.
On January 1, 2007, two new members, Romania and Bulgaria, joined the European Union. Made up of twenty-seven country, the European Union forms the third bloc on planet with 3 % of merge lands 7.6% of inhabitants and quarter of the world wealth. With a GDP of 10,817 billion Euros, the European Union comes third after the United States and Asia.