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Political Section

Headed by the Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs, the Political Section observes, analyzes and reports on political and politico-military developments in France, and on France’s relations with other countries. These reports, recommending positions and actions to the Department of State, are a basic ingredient in the formulation of America’s foreign policy. Formal and informal negotiations with French government officials on a broad range of subjects lead to agreements in specific areas of concern to both governments. In carrying out these tasks, the Political Section annually presents to French officials approximately 700 formal requests for support on international political issues, and hosts some 200 U.S. Government representatives each year.