France and Mexico

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Political relations

The long-standing relations between France and Mexico were renewed during the State visits of President Hollande to Mexico City (April 2014) and President Peña Nieto to France (July 2015). They are now part of a strategic partnership, which was confirmed by the conclusion of over 100 agreements between our two countries in two years, in all areas of cooperation.

Visits

  • 10-11 April 2014: State visit to Mexico by the President of the French Republic.
  • 26 November 2014: visit to Paris by the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs and meeting with Mr Laurent Fabius.
  • 13-16 July 2015: State visit by the Mexican President Mr Enrique Peña Nieto, guest of honour during the 14 July Bastille Day parade.
  • 9-11 February 2016: visit by the French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, Mr Matthias Fekl, for the inauguration of the Paris-Mexico City Airbus A380 line.
  • 30 May-3 June 2016: visit to Mexico by the French Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Ms Marisol Touraine
  • 4 October 2016: visit to France by Mexican Minister of External Relations, Ms Ruiz Massieu, for the inauguration of the “Mexico (1900-1950)” exhibition at the Grand Palais museum.
  • 8-10 March 2017: visit to Mexico by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

Economic relations

The French presence in Mexico is significant and promising. Around 500 French companies are established in Mexico (including most of our largest businesses) and cover a very broad spectrum of sectors. In 2016, France was Mexico’s 11ᵗʰ-largest global supplier and 4ᵗʰ in Europe (behind Germany, Spain and Italy), with a stable market share of about 1%.

French-Mexican trade has increased steadily since 2009 and reached a new high in 2016, exceeding €6 billion: €3.7 billion in exports compared to €2.5 billion in imports and a bilateral surplus of €1.2 billion for France.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Mexico is an essential partner in our academic and scientific diplomacy in Latin America. The State visits help give new impetus to our cooperation which was reflected in unprecedented mobilization (70 agreements signed).

France ranks in third place in terms of scientific partnerships with Mexico.
Drawing on over 700 inter-university agreements, as well as an agreement on the mutual recognition of diplomas, France has consolidated its rank as the third most popular host country for Mexican students (almost 3,000 students) and the number two country of origin among foreign students in Mexico (1,500 students).

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