Most powerful country in Europe
France is a member of the United Nations and serves as a permanent member of UN Security Council with veto power. She is also a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Indian Ocean Commission (COI). France-partner of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and a leading member of the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF) of fifty-one fully or partly French-speaking countries. The country hosts the headquarters of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), UNESCO, Interpol, Alliance Base and the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. In 1953, France received a request from the United Nations to take arms, who will represent it at international level. Thus the French emblem was adopted and is currently used in the passports.
French foreign policy is largely determined by the membership of the European Union, from which it was founded. In 1960, France sought to exclude Britons of organizations seeking to build their own position in continental Europe. Beginning in 1990, France established a close connection with the unified Germany and became the most influential force in the EU, and thus a competitor of Great Britain and the limited influence of newly established Eastern European States. France is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but under President de Gaulle, it excluded itself from the joint military command to avoid the alleged domination of its foreign and security policy, political and military influence of the United States. In the early 1990′s, the country has fallen much criticism from other states about the underground nuclear tests in French Polynesia. France strongly opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003, bend the bilateral relations with the U.S. and Britain. France retains strong political and economic influence in its former African colonies and provides economic aid and troops for peacekeeping missions in C?te d’Ivoire and Chad.