French Republic – United States Department of State

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to the French Republic on April 1, 2024 to further strengthen our bilateral relationship and emphasize our shared support for Ukraine. While in France, Secretary Blinken will meet with French President Macron, Foreign Minister Séjourné and other key French officials to discuss international efforts to support Ukraine.

Our cooperation in support of Ukraine is based on the fundamental principles that the United States and France have shared from the beginning, including respect for national sovereignty and self-determination. France plays a central role in ending Russia’s brutal aggression against Ukraine and finding a solution to the Israel-Hamas conflict. Our cooperation and coordination is crucial and we commend France’s leadership.

The minister will thank President Macron for France’s unwavering support in Ukraine’s fight against the aggression of Russia, which is hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, and recognize the importance of this year’s commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the liberation of France.

The United States and the French Republic: Allies, Partners and Friends

The United States maintains an enduring, strong bilateral relationship with the French Republic as NATO allies, partners, and friends.

Our relationship with the French Republic is based on our shared commitment to shared democratic values, which are essential to mutual security, stability and prosperity.

The United States and France work closely together on a wide range of issues around the world, including in the Indo-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, Central Asia and Latin America. We work together to combat terrorism and curb the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

France is one of NATO’s largest troop contributors. France supports NATO’s modernization efforts and makes an important contribution to the NATO response force. France also works closely with the United States on international public health threats such as Ebola.

France is the fifth largest foreign investor in the United States, with $360 billion in foreign direct investment at the end of 2022. More than 5,300 French companies employ more than 741,000 U.S. workers, making French companies the fifth largest foreign employer in our country.

The United States is the main destination for French investment and the United States is the largest foreign investor in France. The United States and France have a bilateral investment treaty and a bilateral tax treaty that, among other things, combats double taxation and tax evasion.

U.S. exports to France include industrial chemicals, aircraft and engines, electronic components, telecommunications, computer software, computers and peripherals, analytical and scientific instruments, medical instruments and supplies, and broadcasting equipment.

The United States and France recognize the climate crisis and nature loss as the existential challenge of our time and will continue to work together to advance the global action necessary to address them. The United States and France are working together to ensure better marine protection ahead of the next UN Maritime Conference, to be held in France in 2025. The United States and France are advancing their climate and energy cooperation through the U.S.-France Clean Energy Partnership launched in 2020, including cooperation on civil nuclear energy, which plays a key role in reducing global carbon emissions.

The United States and France are strengthening their alliance in all areas of space cooperation, a more than 60-year relationship in space, civil, commercial and national security activities in space. This collaboration includes the US-France Comprehensive Space Dialogue announced by US Vice President Kamala Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron in November 2021 to deepen bilateral coordination.

The United States and France: Together in Support of Ukraine

France and the United States stand united in condemning Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine, just as we are united in our support of the Ukrainian people fighting to defend their homeland, their culture and their future.

The United States and France remain persistent in imposing consequences on Russia, including through sanctions and export controls, and we will continue to address the broader implications of the war, including working with the international community to build greater resilience to food and energy disruptions to build.

French leadership among EU member states is crucial at every stage of this conflict, and France continues to lead by providing significant military/defense and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and supporting efforts to hold Russian forces accountable for their atrocities and to bring war crimes to justice.

The United States appreciates France’s continued support for the approximately 70,000 refugees from Ukraine currently housed in France.

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