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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

This is based in Tbilisi, with the Alexandre Dumas resource centre, which opened in autumn 1998 (library, audiovisual equipment made available to the public). It has been financially self-sufficient since 1 January 2002. A policy supporting French teaching has been established.

Our cooperation budget stands at 410,000 euros annually. Our programming priorities are based on support for the Maison de l’Europe (project carried by the Georgian presidency to mark its commitment to Europe and supported by an international group of intellectuals, such as Vaclav Havel and Jacques Rupnik, etc.). Association receiving public funds, it hosts associations, an enquiry point about the European Union, and offers public spaces to EU Member States. Programming was launched in May - in the presence of President Saakashvili - by a conference on EU-Georgia relations, in which nearly 70 French people participated. France also supports training Georgia’s elite (development of French-speaking university courses of study, support for training journalists, creation of a French secondary school in Tbilisi, administrative training in cooperation with ENA), medicine, demography, palaeontology and archaeology, as well as audiovisual cooperation and the development of a French cultural presence in Tbilisi and the provinces. Created in September 2006, the Ecole Française du Caucase moved to new premises in 2010. With the capacity to accommodate, eventually, 250 students from nursery school to the Baccalaureate, it has more than 115 students since the start of the 2010 school year, from nursery school through the third year of secondary school.

Updated on 25.11.10

Archaeology

Drawing on the expertise of the Commission consultative des recherches archéologiques à l’étranger (Consultative Commission on Archaeological Research Abroad), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGCID) is subsidizing nearly 160 archaeological missions (from palaeontology to the medieval period) in 65 countries. Among others:

-  Caucasus: Palaeoenvironment, chronology of settlements and the behaviour of the first men in the Caucasus during the Pleistocene era.

Updated on 09.09.08

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