It also perhaps overdue. After all, France was the very first country to establish a consulate in Scotland.
It is, after all, the dominant issue in the UK at present.
The first point I want to stress is that the Scottish Government is committed to the European Union.
We benefit from the rights EU membership offers to workers, and from the protections it has provided for our environment.
Those EU citizens of course include 7,000 French people, who are our colleagues, friends, neighbours and in many cases our family.
The main task of the Scottish Government’s new Paris hub is to strengthen our ties with France.
Of course at the moment, a key way in which we co-operate with other countries is through the EU.
But the other two - Scotland and Northern Ireland – voted to remain in the EU.
I will say more about independence at a future date.
That is why we believe that the deal the Prime Minister agreed with the other 27 EU member states in November is deeply flawed.
However to achieve that, the UK Government would have to alter its approach.
Events such as Vivatech demonstrate how successful France has been, in recent years, at becoming a major centre for technology businesses.
On the same occasion, De Gaulle welcomed the frequent “exchanges of ideas, feelings, customs, and...words...between two peoples joined by a natural friendship”.