Trivia about the Diplomatic Relations between the Philippines and France

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and France was established on June 26, 1947 with the signing of a Treaty of Friendship in Paris by then Philippine Vice-President and concurrent Secretary of Foreign Affairs Elpidio QUIRINO and then French Foreign Minister Georges BIDAULT. Both countries had just emerged from World War II, with the Philippines’ independence having been recognized by the United States on July 4, 1946 and the French Republic having been restored on August 25, 1944 with the liberation of Paris.

The Treaty provides that there shall be “constant peace and perpetual friendship” between the Philippines and France and today provides the foundation for the enduring ties between both countries. Historically these ties can trace their roots to the French Revolution, which is said to have inspired Andres Bonifacio and the Philippine Revolution of 1896. Another revolution, the People’s Power Revolution of 1986, ushered in a new era between the two countries, as France became one of the first countries to recognize the Aquino Government. President Corazon Aquino – hailed as the Filipina “Joan of Arc” — was invited by French President Francois
Mitterand for State Visit and a Chief Guest at the celebration of the Bicentennial of the French Revolution on 14 July 1989. On its 60th year, RP-France relations remain strong and exuberant, with invigorated cooperation in the areas of politics, trade and economics and tourism and culture.

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