France (Republic of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

A critic of apartheid, especially through former President Francois Mitterrand, France normalised diplomatic relations after the first democratic elections in 1994. President Mandela's State Visit to France in July 1996 and President Chirac's visit to South Africa in June 1998 brought the two countries closer together. Several high level visits have taken place to solidify relations, of which the most recent was a State Visit by President Sarkozy to South Africa in February 2008. A visit was also undertaken by Ms Anne-Marie Idrac, French Secretary of State for Foreign Trade to South Africa in May 2009.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in France

H E Mr R S Molekane
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

French Representation in South Africa

Embassy of France

H E Mr C J M Farnaud
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)

Director : Mr Laurent Clavel

66 Wolhuter Street
2113 Newton

Tel: (011) 836 0561-4
Fax: (011) 836 5850


Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africa

For more information contact the French Consulate-General in Johannesburg.

Health Requirements

Please contact French Consulate-General.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

France is the only European country with three distinct climates, namely continental, maritime and Mediterranean. The climate cannot be generalised due to the diversity of the landscape as well as "micro-climates". The Loire Valley (200 km south of Paris) is considered the divide between the cooler north and the warmer south. If you would like to be assured of sunshine, travel south!

Paris temperatures range from -5șC in winter to 30șC in summer. Rain is frequent.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the EURO. The currency is freely convertible.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to:

Trade Info

France is among South Africa's top ten economic partners.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Egypt, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


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