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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation
Beyond its own modernization, Qatar wishes to exert its influence abroad in the fields of knowledge, culture and information. In order to balance its partnerships, it has sought, in the last few years, to strongly enhance its cooperation with France. In the field of higher education and research, Qatar has invited several major international academic institutions to set up new branches in Education City, including HEC Paris. In the field of culture, French architects such as Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Jean Nouvel have been commissioned to construct various major museums.
Two French schools have been set up in Doha. The Franco-Qatari Lycée Voltaire, which is unique compared to other local schools (mixed classes, French textbooks, etc.), provides a French education to young Qataris. A second site was opened in September 2012 to meet the growing demand for enrolment of pupils from all backgrounds.
In addition, Qatar has been a Member State of the International Organisation of La Francophonie since the Kinshasa Summit on 13 and 14 October 2012. Although it is not traditionally a French-speaking country, there are between 100,000 and 200,000 French speakers in Qatar (less than 10% of the population). Qatar has incorporated French language lessons into its public education system (in 12 schools by 1 October 2015).
A diplomatic cooperation agreement was signed on 23 June 2013 and cooperation projects involving the French National School of Public Administration (ENA) and the Diplomatic Institute of Qatar are being considered. In addition, an agreement on cultural cooperation was signed in June 2014 during Emir Tamim’s visit to France.
Security and defence cooperation between France and Qatar, which was formalized in 1994 by a defence agreement, is one of the most long-standing pillars of our bilateral relations. In 2011, the joint involvement of French and Qatari pilots during the operations in Libya marked a new step forward. The signing on 4 May 2015 of a contract on the purchase of 24 Rafale aircraft served to confirm the close relations between France and Qatar.
Bilateral military exercises are also organized on a regular basis in the emirate.
Domestic security cooperation
Our domestic security cooperation is governed by a memorandum of understanding (1996) and a technical arrangement (2005) concluded with the National Gendarmerie. It consists of an extensive training programme for domestic security forces. Less regular cooperation is conducted with the Emiri Guard, the Military Police and the Ministry of the Interior.
The National Gendarmerie provided noteworthy security support at the 2006 Asian Games and Qatar has expressed its wish to include the latter in its security plans for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
In addition, Milipol, the annual worldwide exhibition on internal State security, is held alternately in Doha and Paris. The tenth exhibition was held in Doha in October 2014 and attended by the French Minister of Defence, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Minister of the Interior, Mr Bernard Cazeneuve. The Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, will be the guest of honour at the eleventh exhibition, which is to be held in Paris.
Updated on 10.15.08