L’histoire • Diplomatic ties go back at least to 1702 when France had an ambassador (Jean-CasimirBaluze) in Moscow. Premier ambassadeur français en Russie, 1702—1713
Louis XV 1710-74 Visite Peter I 1672-1725 Grand a l’Hotelde Lesdiguieres
L'Invasion de Napoleon de la Russie • The French invasion of Russia in 1812. This was major defeat for France and a turning point in the Napoleonic Wars, leading to Bonaparte's removal • The campaign's sustained role in Russian culture may be seen in Tolstoy's War and Peace, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture
Campagne de Russie (1812) Napoleon’s retreat
L’histoire • During World War I, France was allied with Great Britain and the Russian Empire forming the Triple Entente.
WWII: Soldatender Légion des volontaires français contre le bolchévisme
La Guerre Froide • France's bilateral relations with the Soviet Union have experienced dramatic ups and downs due to Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and France's alliance in the NATO. • Mikhail Gorbachev made a visit to France in October 1985 in order to fix the strains in the Franco-Soviet relations. • Nevertheless, France's bilateral activities continued with NATO, which furthermore strained the bilateral relations between France and the Soviet Union.
Post-Cold War Period • After the breakup of the USSR, bilateral relations between France and Russia were initially warm. On February 7, 1992 France recognized Russia as a successor of the USSR.
Présent • The war in Georgia, celebrated as Sarkozy’s ‘great moment’, in effect initiated U-turn in France and Russia relations • Since the war in Georgia, French-Russian relations have actually flourished.
The Deal • One of the major news has been the sale of Mistral class assault ships to Russia. • A deal worth €2 billion and the largest Russian procurement to date. • The deal was the first major arms deal between Russia and the Western world since World War II. It was the first sale of this kind by a NATO country to Russia. • France is satisfied with its contract with Russia for the supply of helicopter carriers of Mistral type and is ready to continue the cooperation in military-technical sphere.
Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Nicolas Sarcozy opened an exhibition of Russian art at the Louvre
The Year of France in Russia has kicked off with an opening of the exhibition of Picasso’s masterpieces at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art
SAISON FRANCE – RUSSIE 2012, LANGUES ET LITTÉRATURES • 2012 saisons de la langue et de la littérature russes en France et de la langue et de la littérature françaises en Russie.