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Political relations

The Franco-Czech relationship is within the framework of the European Union. Bilateral cooperation between the two countries is governed by a strategic partnership agreement, signed in 2008, whose plan of action for 2014-2018 was signed during Prime Minister Manuel Valls’s visit to Prague on 8 and 9 December 2014.

Visits

The latest bilateral French visits to the Czech Republic:

  • Visit by the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian (9 June 2017 - participation in the European Defence and Security Conference in Prague),
  • Visit by the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Myriam El Khomri (20-21 February 2017),
  • Official visit by the French President, François Hollande (30 November 2016),
  • Visit by Minister of State for European Affairs, Harlem Désir (26 May 2016),
  • Visit by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius (24 August 2015 – participation in the conference of ambassadors to the Czech Republic),
  • Official visit by Prime Minister, Manuel Valls (8-9 December 2014).

Latest bilateral Czech visits to France:

  • Visits by Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Michaela Marksová (21 December 2016 and 2 March 2017),
  • Visit by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek (1 June 2016),
  • Visit by Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka (24 March 2016),
  • Visit by Minister of State for European Affairs, Tomáš Prouza (29 April 2015),
  • Official visit by President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman (8-10 September 2014).

Economic relations

France is one of the main investors in the Czech Republic, with 500 companies and 100,000 jobs for an estimated turnover of €13bn, making the Czech Republic France’s fifth trading partner (€10.5bn in trade in 2016). This relationship is, however, characterized by a structural trade deficit (€2.5bn in 2016), due to the significant French investments and the highly industrialized nature of the Czech economy.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

The French cultural network in the Czech Republic is made up of the Institut français in Prague, six Alliance Française branches outside the capital in Brno, České Budějovice, Liberec, Ostrava, Pardubice and Plzeň, and the French lycée in Prague (806 students in 2016). Linguistic cooperation is also supported by the four bilingual sections in Czech high schools (awarded the “LabelFrancEducation”) and two Czech sections in the Lycée Carnot in Dijon and the Lycée Alphonse Daudet in Nîmes. University and research cooperation has benefitted from the revival of activities at the French Centre for Research in the Social Sciences (CEFRES), which was set up in 2015 on the premises of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, with the support of Charles University in Prague and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

France played a key role in founding the First Czechoslovak Republic: on 30 June 1918, French President Poincaré presented the flag of the new Czechoslovakia to 6,000 Czech and Slovak legionnaires, at Darney in the Vosges, France. On 15 October that year, France recognized the provisional Czechoslovakian government, established on Rue Bonaparte in Paris. This shared history will be celebrated in 2018.

Ambassador of France in Prague: Mr Roland Galharague (Februrary 2017).
Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Paris: Mr Petr Drulák (Februrary 2017).
President of the France-Czech Republic friendship group in the National Assembly: -
President of the France-Czech Republic friendship group in the Senate: -

Updated: 09/06/2017

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