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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation
Our cooperation and development policy in Lebanon concentrates on five main objectives: consolidation of the rule of law, economic and social development, protection of the environment and heritage, university and research cooperation, cultural exchanges and discussion of ideas.
French is still widely spoken in Lebanon despite the inroads made by English in the economic and media spheres and increasing coexistence between the two languages in the world of education. Promoting the French language in Lebanon is a strategic imperative for France.
Development cooperation focuses mainly on the macro-economic support provided under the Paris III agreement and implemented by the French development agency AFD through a sectoral grant of €225 million to the electricity and telecommunications sectors and bank credit lines extended to SMEs and to the micro-finance, education and healthcare sectors.
Other types of cooperation
There is extensive bilateral cooperation between the two countries on internal security and civil defence, and also in the military field. The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) is one of the key pillars of stability in the country and enjoys the support of the entire population. France plays a part in helping to strengthen the LAF by providing assistance on missions across the country, and particularly in the UNIFIL zone where, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1701, the Lebanese army will gradually take over full responsibility from UNIFIL forces on the ground. The Chief of the LAF, General Kahwaji, visited France in July 2011 and January 2013.
Updated on 08.04.13