Relations between France and the United States, allies and friends throughout history, are particularly robust today. Whether in economic cooperation or cultural exchange, the two nations enjoy a shared spirit of partnership. This is equally true in the political sphere.
France and the United States are linked by numerous historical agreements, from the first treaty of Franco-American alliance agreed in 1778 during the American Revolutionary War, to the North Atlantic Treaty, signed April 4, 1949 in Washington.
The two countries base their political and military cooperation upon mutual membership in strong international alliances, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and in other multilateral groups such as the G8 and the G20.
The Franco-American axis is an essential feature on the political world stage. For years, French and American officials have met regularly to maximize a convergence of policies, whether strategic, military or economic in nature.
To provide just one example of the transatlantic relationship’s importance, the first official visit outside of the European Union of the President of the Republic, François Hollande, will be to the United States, just three days following his inauguration as head of state on May 15, 2012.
The French President will meet U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday, May 18, then take part in the G8 Summit at Camp David, Maryland. Mr. Hollande will thereafter represent France at the NATO Summit, held in Chicago on May 20 and 21.