France and Honduras

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Political relations

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.

Visits

In the past twenty years, bilateral relations between the two countries have been marked by President Jacques Chirac’s visit 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.

Mr Jean-Pierre Bel, Personal Envoy of François Hollande for Latin America and the Caribbean, visited Honduras on 4-5 April 2016. He met with President Hernández and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Executive President of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), Mr Nick Rischbieth.

Economic relations

Trade between France and Honduras totalled €119.7 million in 2016: 103 million imports and 16.7 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.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

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 Franco-Honduran Lycée).

France has also cancelled almost €100 million in debt since 1998 and signed a debt reduction and development contract (C2D) with the Honduran authorities for a little more than €10.5 million.

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Updated: 19 July 2017

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