November 29, 2023

France’s long and complicated relationship with North Korea

Paris never established official Pyongyang relations; meet the groups trying to change that

While France is just one of two European countries yet to formally recognize North Korea, a number of groups there have been hard working to change this point since the late 1960s.

Indeed, formal recognition of the North Korean state has for some been a major objective for some time: Former President François Mitterrand (who toured North Korea in 1981) actually promised recognition to Pyongyang before he was elected.