Letter from the French Embassy
Thank you for your letter of 29 November, concerning
the inquiry you are conducting on "Wales in the world: the
role of the UK Government in promoting Wales abroad" and
the intentions of the French Government regarding the possibility
of establishing a post in Wales.
Due to Budget constraints, the general trend
is to decrease the number of French Consulates worldwide, particularly
in the European Union Countries.
However, France is extremely keen to strengthen
its relations with Wales in every area as his Excellency Mr Daniel
Bernard emphasised during his visits to Wales on 25-27 May 1999
and on 8 April 2000.
The Charge de Affairs
5 December 2000