Published 18 December 2007

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN

At the invitation of The Queen, His Excellency M. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, will pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom from Wednesday, 26 March to Thursday, 27 March 2008. The President will stay at Windsor Castle.

Background
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh paid a State Visit to France in April 1957, as the guests of President René Coty
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh paid a State Visit to France in May 1972, as the guests of President Pompidou
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh paid a State Visit to France in June 1992, as the guests of President Mitterrand
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh paid a State Visit to France in April 2004, as the guests of President Chirac

President and Madame de Gaulle paid a State Visit to the United Kingdom in April 1960
President and Madame Valery Giscard d'Estaing paid a State Visit to the United Kingdom in June 1976
President and Madame François Mitterrand paid a State Visit to the United Kingdom in October 1984
President and Madame Chirac paid a State Visit to the United Kingdom in May 1996
President and Madame Chirac also undertook a Special Visit to mark the centenary of the Entente Cordiale at Windsor Castle in November 2004.