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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2008-12-10

Romania, an EU member since 2007, may originally be Latin and a big defender of its French-speaking tradition but it can hardly hide its passion for the US. To France's dismay.

Deep inside Romania, a wealthy business man realized his dream: he built a copy of the Eiffel tower in his country’s desolate fields.


Romania, who joined the European Union in 2007, is known for being a Latin island in a Slavic sea. But the local nostalgia for France doesn’t stop Romanians to flirt with the US.


The war in Iraq was the latest bone of contention between France and Romania. In February 2003, Romania joined the list of the ‘Vilnius 10’ to align on US policy while France and Germany did their utmost to thwart US plans.


And yet, in 2006, Bucarest played host to the summit of French-speaking countries.


 Romania and France are still deeply involved with each other. Many French people are charmed by life in Bucarest while French culture continues to fascinate Romanians.

Date created : 2008-10-17

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