The France's Mediterranean Project

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2014-8-56-66

T. Zvereva, Institute of Contemporary International Studies, Diplomatic Academy of The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russia, 53/2 Ostozhenka Str., Moscow, 119021, Russian Federation (

Abstract. This article is devoted to the French policy towards South- and East- Mediterranean countries. It shows the main lines of this policy and the principal ideas of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) project. Paris presented the UfM as the way to resolve economic, social and political problems of the region. Implementing its soft-power project Paris had to meet some challenges and overcome substantial difficulties. Conceived as the French program, the UfM required EU funding. Being a part of the EU Neighbourhood Program, it embraced 43 countries and became difficult to be run. The Gaza war stopped the UfM-cooperation, also undermined by the global economic and financial crisis.

Keywords: Mediterranean partnership, Barcelona process, Mediterranean Union, Foreign Policy of France, European Union, Union for the Mediterranean

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For citation:
Zvereva T. The France's Mediterranean Project . World Eonomy and International Relations, 2014, no. 8, pp. 56-66.

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