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France-United States Relations: How US Influenced France

The United States is linked to France’s involvement in North America. France’s explorers and colonies spread across the continent. American troops were indispensable to the United States’ independence from Great Britain.

France’s purchase of the Louisiana Territory puts the United States on the path to becoming a continent, and then global, power.

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States. Prominent U.S such as Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison served as embassies or ambassadors to France.

How the United States Influenced France

The American Revolution inspired supporters of the French Revolution of 1791. In World War II, the US military was instrumental in liberating France from the Nazi occupation.

In the 20th century, the French attracted the creation of the European Union to counter the power of the European Union. The relationship was strained in 2003 when Iraq refused to support US plans to invade Iraq.

The 2007 election of pro-American President Nicholas Sarkar led to some healing of relations again.


Some three million U.S visits France. The United States and France share deep trade and economic ties. Each country is among the other’s largest trading partners.

The most high-profile global economic competition between France and the United States is in the commercial aircraft industry. France, through the European Union, supports Airbus as a rival to American-owned Boeing.


On the diplomatic front, both are among the United Nations, NANA, the World Trade Organization, the G-8, and a host of other international bodies.

The US and France remain the only two members of the UN Security Council with permanent seats and veto powers over all council functions.

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