The Trump administration has shown itself only too eager to continue Obama-era policies of providing financial, logistical and intelligence support to France in this region, hoping to avoid having to put American combat forces on the ground in yet another global hot spot.
Germany's newly appointed foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel made his first official trip to meet with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault in Paris on Saturday, when the two men said US president Donald Trump's four-month ban on refugees from entering his country 'can only worry us' and goes against western values.
Former economy minister and independent centrist candidate in France's presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron, who increasingly appears to be within reach of the final round of the polling in May, said Britain was 'becoming the junior partner of the United States' after previously living 'in an equilibrium with Europe'.
France is now the fourth EU member country to be given back access to the US market after restrictions were applied to imports of beef, sheep and goats from January 1998 following the outbreak of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) epidemic.
French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault presented the US Secretary of State with the insignia of Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour, France's highest civil award, at a ceremony in Paris in which he recalled Kerry's family connections with France and praised his diplomatic endeavours.
Manuel Valls insisted that planned EU-US deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was against 'EU interests'.
The French president said he expected Chancellor Angela Merkel to give 'exact details' over report that German intelligence spied on Laurent Fabius.
France and the US announced a 60M-dollar reparation agreement to be paid to non-French survivors and relatives, ending any further legal claims.
Ten works by the 70-year-old author have been published in the US following the award last October, with another six due later this year.
La Coiffeuse, stolen from a Paris museum in 2001, was found last year by a New Jersey shipping company after sent in a parcel from Belgium.
Move comes as documents show that US agents spied on Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande, listening to their phone calls.
With a March 31st deadline to ongoing talks, France has adopted harder line over conditions of a deal which the US wants to conclude swiftly.
Observers say historic visit to island by President François Hollande in May is as much about shoring up trade ties as politics and culture.
Bradley Birkenfeld, an ex-UBS employee who helped US prosecution of the bank for aiding tax evasion is to help similar probe in France.
The French engineering group admitted falsifying books to pay more than 75 million dollars in bribes worldwide for energy arm contracts.