France and Hungary

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Political relations

President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to Budapest in September 2007 helped lay the base for a strategic partnership, signed in May 2008 during Hungarian Prime Minister Mr Ferenc Gyurcsány’s visit to Paris.

Visits

The Minister of State for European Affairs, Harlem Désir, visited Hungary on 7 November 2016, as part of the celebrations for the sixtieth anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Economic relations

France is the 4th biggest investor in Hungary (€2.7 billion) with over 350 companies based in the country, employing nearly 43,000 people. Five French companies feature in the top 25 investors in Hungary: Groupama, EDF, Sanofi, Auchan and GDF Suez. Trade volumes reached €7.3 billion in 2016, with a trade deficit of €937 million.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

The French cultural network in Hungary is made up of the Institut Français in Budapest, five Alliance Française branches in the Debrecen, Győr, Miskolc, Pécs and Szeged regions, and the Gustave Eiffel lycée in Budapest (715 students in 2016). Linguistic cooperation is also based on the ten French bilingual sections in Hungary, of which nine have the “FrancEducation” label. The French-language university centre (CUF) at the University of Szeged coordinates various French-language university courses and offers a double Master’s degree with the Institut d’études politiques (IEP) in Lille. Hungary has been an observer member of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) since 2004.

Ambassador of France in Budapest: Mr Eric Fournier (September 2015)
French Ambassador to Hungary: Mr Georges Károlyi (January 2015)
President of the France-Hungary friendship group in the National Assembly: Mr Rudy Salles
President of the France-Hungary friendship group in the Senate: Mr Claude Kern

Updated: 22.05.2017

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