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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Cultural exchanges between France and Greece, historically very long-standing, are expecially dense and are based on a solid foundation. They are based on four structures: the French School of Athens founded in 1846 and dedicated to archaeology, the French Institute of Athens and its four annexes in the provinces, the French Institute of Thessaloniki and the "Eugène Delacroix" Franco-Hellenic School of Athens. On 6 June 2008, the Secretary of State responsible for European Affairs signed, on behalf of the Minister, an agreement securing and stabilizing the status of the French Institute of Thessaloniki.

This special relationship is carried by a very established, ancient love of all things French, which was recently illustrated by Greece becoming a full-fledged member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (September 2006). Nearly 300,000 students are learning our language (40,000 of whom take our language certifications) and the country has about 4,000 French teachers. French is the second compulsory modern language in primary and early secondary school (in competition with German), but suffers from the lack of a second modern language requirement in later secondary school, which is penalizing our higher education offering.

The historic cultural ties between France and Greece make it possible to maintain rich artistic relations. Exchanges in this area are sustained and French cultural goods are held in esteem by the Greek elite. The promotion of French cinema has been strengthened through the creation of a French film festival, with the help of local distributors, and increased participation in major international festivals, such as the one in Thessaloniki.

Updated on 23.06.11


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:

-  Itanos: Human occupation in the far eastern peninsula of Crete around the ancient ruins of Erimoupoli
-  Kouphovouno: Habitat and way of life in the Neolithic and Ancient Bronze Ages in the Aegean regions

Updated on 10.15.08

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