France was actually the very first country to establish a consulate in Scotland. It was opened by General de Gaulle in 1942. A quote from General de Gaulle’s speech on that occasion is inscribed on the outside wall of the Consul-General’s residence in Edinburgh – it says simply ‘the oldest alliance in the world’. That of course reflects the fact that our countries enjoy ties of trade, commerce and friendship which go back for more than seven hundred years. -- Nicola Sturgeon, Speech at French Assemblée nationale, 19 February 2019.Posted by Isabelle le 2019-02-24
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