French Prime Minister, Dominique de Villepin, visits South Africa
On 1 December 2006 the Prime Minister of France, Dominique de Villepin, was on a working visit to South Africa.
At the invitation of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) he delivered a paper at the University of Witwatersrand entitled ’France, Europe and Africa: towards a new partnership in an era of globalisation’.
Mr De Villepin also visited Soweto where the municipality of Johannesburg, with the support of the French Development Agency, has started a rehabilitation project of the water system as well as an affordable housing project. He then paid his respects to the Freedom Charter monument in Kliptown.
He was received by president Thabo Mbeki to discuss the roles of France and South Africa in crisis management on the continent, the situation in the Near and Middle East as well as various multilateral questions.