France and Philippines

France and the Philippines

Political relations

High-level visits took place in both countries: President Hollande’s visit to the Philippines in February 2015, President Benigno Aquino’s visit to Paris in September 2014 and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s visit to Manilla and Cebu in October 2012 (the first visit of a French head of government to the Philippines).

On several occasions, France expressed its concern about the extra-judicial executions in relation to the fight against drugs.


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Economic relations

In 2016, trade between France and the Philippines stood at €1.66 billion, dropping 30% compared to 2014 (€2.365 billion). French exports totalled €818 million while our purchases from the Philippines are growing steadily and increased from €492 million in 2014 to €845 million in 2016. Our trade deficit now stands at €27 million in contrast with the record surplus of €1.4 billion recorded in 2014. Our bilateral trade remains highly dependent on sales in the aviation industry which account for 76% of our exports to the Philippines. Outside that sector, our main export items are agri-food products, electronic components, pharmaceuticals and steel structures.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

The year 2017, in which France and the Philippines are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations, has been marked by the inauguration of the “Phil France: Feel French” Festival. It introduces an innovative concept of events held throughout the year based on five major themes covering our cooperation. It aims to increase our communication targeting the Philippine civil society.

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Updated: 10.05.17