France recognized the independence of Azerbaijan on January 3, 1992 and diplomatic ties between the two countries were established on February 21, 1992. On 1992, March 16, France opened its Embassy in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan did the same on October 20, 1994.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan paid his first official visit to France at the invitation of the President of France Francois Mitterrand on December 19-22, 1993. President Heydar Aliyev of Azerbaijan and President Francois Mitterrand of France held discussions in Paris, the Elysée Palace. During the visit, an agreement on friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation was signed between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of France. President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev signed also the Charter Paris, one of the basic documents of the OSCE.
In his meeting with Heydar Aliyev President of France Francois Mitterrand said that France was concerned about the scalation of the Karabakh conflict and regretted the ufferings of civilians. He said that he was not for the settlement of the conflict by force.