Paris 1970

Paris in 1970

The USSR adopted a not very friendly foreign policy and its realations between western countries were rather strained (we have already written about it here) France’s relations with the Soviet Union have experienced dramatic ups and downs in 70’s. France was a popular destination for Russian migration for two reasons: cultural interest, which was reinforced after the Russian occupation of Paris; and liberalization, which made it easier for Russians to settle in the country. Even though there were still political problems and in October 1985 previous Soviet president Gorbachev made a visit to France in order to fix the strains in the Franco-Soviet relations.

After the breakup of the USSR, relations between France and Russia were initially warm. As described by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the bilateral relations between France and Russia remain longstanding to this day.

It is highly symbolic that the turn of the 19th-20th centuries was marked by strong Russian-French accord and that the 20th century is also marked by the fact that these relations have become one of Russia’s main foreign policy priorities. This was only natural. History closely interconnected the fates of the two peoples. Twice within this century we were not simply allies, but even comrades in arms. The close interweaving of Russian and French cultures, the long-standing traditions of mutual sympathy and communication between the people of the two countries, and the proximity of their geopolitical interests – all this constitutes a durable foundation of Russian-French connections.

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Some of the key initiatives in Europe were born in the course of Russian-French “brainstorming” sessions. For instance, the idea of the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe itself originally emerged as a joint initiative of Moscow and Paris.

Russia’s relations with France today play a special role against the backdrop of Russia’s energetic efforts in all spheres of world politics, advancing successfully and being a weighty factor in consolidating security and stability in Europe and in the world at large.

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16 thoughts on “Paris 1970”

  1. France is such a beautiful country, I would really like to live there.

    However the fact that it is heavily populated by the French is keeping me from making the move.

    Get rid of the the French and France would be a whole lot better.

    It was always entertaining to see how the Russians looked to France, as if it were the absolute height of human civilization and evolution.

    Although it must be said: If the French aren’t the best example, then who? The British? No. Italians? No. The Americans? Hell no. Canadians, Swedes? mmmm Maybe..

    • Get America rid of the americans and it will be a whole lot better, too – just don’t send them back to Europe…

      I was there (Paris) in 69, btw.

      ps: The swedes practiced eugenism all the way through the sixties, at least – ie: decades after ww2 ended…

  2. Lets see now…I would like to purchase the Dollies and Ace magazines.The chick on the Ace is cute and they are in english.

    Are these pics England or france or mixed?

  3. That picture with the Martini symbol on top of a building could be Brussels, not Paris.

  4. it’s all still there. The kiosks selling naughty magazines…is still going on. I have seen that Orthodox Church (v pretty). The wooden shelters along the Seine close to Notre Dame are still selling pictures etc. I am amazed by the lack of traffic. I see they went to Versailles castle. These guys must have been very big in the Party to get to go to France sight seeing. I like the cars too. Ultimately the reason that France and Russia etc are close is that they both do not like the USA. They see themselves as rival to that country as influencers. The UK has failed to develop any policy whatsoever post WW2. The UK is now just a glorified missile platform for Washington. A country barely older than a hundred years in terms of foreign policy. WTF?! France definitely has a cultural side and of you speak the language well enough and are prepared to develop thick skin then you can enjoy all the benefits…just ask the 6 million muslim scum who came from Africa to ruin it for everyone else. West European civil war here we go!

  5. Bruxelles is over rated. You are better going to Liege incidentally. all walking distance from the station to the sunday market, the good bars and some really nice buildings. People are definitely friendlier in Belgium too. And the beer is better. The French made Pastis for a reason. That reason is Kronenburg…the worst beer there is after Budweiser

  6. “which was reinforced after the Russian occupation of Paris”….. really? When did the Russians occupy Paris? That’s something my history teacher never told me about. And if you mean those few cossacks in 1814, that is not what I call an occupation. They were there as part of an international army and didn’t stay for any length of time.


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