The French Republic is a charter member of the United Nations and one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Veto power in the UN Security Council
France has used its veto power sparingly, vetoing 18 resolutions from 1949 to 2007, compared with 82 by the United States and 123 by the Soviet Union and Russia, 32 by Britain, and 6 by China. France used its veto power along with the United Kingdom, to veto a resolution to resolve the Suez Canal crisis in 1956. France also used a veto in 1976 on the question of the Comoros independence, when the island of Mayotte was kept in French territory due to the vote of the local population. In 2002, France threatened to veto Resolution 1441 on the then upcoming 2003 Iraq war.
List of all French vetoes
- June 26, 1946: Spanish Question
- August 25, 1947: Indonesian Question
- October 30, 1956 (twice): Palestinian Question: Steps for the Immediate Cessation of the Military Action of Israel in Egypt
- October 30, 1974: South Africa (Representation in the UN)
- June 6, 1975: Namibia Question
- February 6, 1976: Dispute between the Comoros and France on Mayotte
- October 19, 1976: Situation in Namibia
- October 31, 1977 (three times): Situation in South Africa
- April 30, 1981 (four times) : Question of Namibia
- April 21, 1986 : Libyan Complaint against US Attack
- January 11, 1989 : Complaint by Libya against US Downing of Aircraft
- December 23, 1989 : Situation in Panama
- French is one of the two working languages of the UN Secretariat, the other being English.
- France is one of the main contributors of the regular UN budget (6.5% for the 2001 budget).