France recognised Estonia on 26 January 1921. The cornerstone of Estonia-France relations is France’s recognition of the Republic of Estonia’s legal standing—they never recognised the Soviet Union’s occupation of Estonia. France re-stated its recognition on 25 August 1991 on the occasion of Estonia’s re-independence. Diplomatic relations were re-established on 30 August, 1991.
French Ambassadors to Estonia
The current French ambassador to Estonia is Mrs Claudia Delmas-Scherer who presented her credentials to the President of the Republic of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, on 29 September 2016.
Estonian Ambassadors to France
The first Estonian ambassador in France was Karl Robert Pusta from 1918/1921 – 1932.
Estonian Ambassadors to France following re-independence:
Estonian Ambassador Alar Streimann presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of France, François Hollande, on 8 September 2015.
Estonia has five honorary consuls in France: Hugues Pouzet in Lyon, Hélène Berdoy-Mayer in Toulouse, Laurence Charbonnier in Nancy, Nathalie Vidal in Lille and Dominique Angles in Marseille.