France recalled its Ambassador to Honduras after the coup on 28 June 2009. A few days after the inauguration of President Lobo and the Ambassador’s return to Tegucigalpa, France encouraged the new Honduran authorities to fully re-establish the rule of law.
Mr Jean-Pierre Bel, Personal Envoy of the President of the French Republic for Latin America and the Caribbean, visited Honduras on 4-5 April 2016. He met with President Hernandez and the Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as the President of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, Mr Nick Rischbieth.
During the past fifteen years, bilateral relations between the two countries were marked by the visit of President Jacques Chirac after Hurricane Mitch in 1998. The most recent parliamentary visit was that of Ms Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam, Senator for French Citizens Living Abroad, in January 2009. In late April 2013, Mr François Zimeray, then Ambassador for Human Rights, travelled to Honduras during a regional tour of Central America.
Trade between France and Honduras amounted to €114.3 billion in 2016: 98 million imports and 16.3 million exports. Purchases of agricultural products constitute the lion’s share of imports.
French firms working in Honduras include Sanofi, Schneider Electric, Bic and most companies in the fields of cosmetics and luxury goods. In order to revive trade relations between France and Honduras, the Franco-Honduran Chamber of Commerce and Industry is back in operation with the help of our embassy.
Since an agreement was signed in 1998 on reintroducing French into the Honduran secondary education system, almost half of the French resources dedicated to cooperation with Honduras have been allocated to French language teaching. French cooperation is supported by an active network (Alliances Françaises in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, and the Lycée Franco-Hondurien).
France has also cancelled debt of nearly €100 million since 1998 and signed a debt reduction and development contract (C2D) with the Honduran authorities for a little more than €10.5 million, which finances an Education for All fund to improve primary education. Other areas of cooperation include tourism, environmental issues and technical cooperation for defence and domestic security (French language teaching and regional training courses for police officers).
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Updated: 24 February 2017