Belgium–France relations

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Belgium–France relations
Map indicating locations of Belgium and France

Belgium

France

Belgium–France relations refer to interstate relations between Belgium and France. Relations were established after the independence of Belgium. Both nations are great allies. Both nations have cultural similarities, both governments cooperate, and Belgium has an embassy in Paris, while France has an embassy in Brussels. Both nations are members of NATO and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and both were founding members of the European Union.

History[edit]

Diplomatic visits[edit]

In May 2007, French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt.[1]

In February 2008, Prime Minister Verhofstadt visited President Sarkozy.[2]

In feb. 2014 King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Paris, they were welcomed during a visite de Courtoisie. They were received by the president Hollande.[3]

Economic cooperation[edit]

In 2007, French president Sarkozy and Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt called for the euro zone to have an economic government.[4]

In September 2008, the French government acted with the Belgian government and with other stakeholders to grant Franco-Belgian bank Dexia a €6.4 billion bailout.[5]

Agreements[edit]

The two countries signed a trade agreement in 1934.[6]

In 1997, French and Belgian defence ministers Alain Richard and Jean-Paul Poncelet signed an agreement providing for Belgium's use of the French armed forces' Syracuse communication satellite system.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "www.levif.be - Tous les jours, toute l'info". LeVif.be. Archived from the original on 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  3. ^ http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/40/Style/article/detail/1788649/2014/02/06/Koningin-Mathilde-steelt-de-show-met-Dior-in-Parijs.dhtml
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  5. ^ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2008/1125/1227486546603.html
  6. ^ "French Foreign and Defence Policy, 1918-1940: The Decline and Fall of a ... - Google Books". Books.google.com.au. 1924-10-28. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  7. ^ "NewsLibrary.com - newspaper archive, clipping service - newspapers and other news sources". Nl.newsbank.com. 1997-11-27. Retrieved 2014-06-15.