France and Turkey

Political relations

Since 2012, bilateral dialogue has been strengthened, due largely to:

  • converging views on major international issues: our two countries have held regular meetings on international issues such as the crises in the Middle East, the financial crisis, the G20 and climate issues;
  • bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation;

Visits

  • 27-28 January 2014: State visit to Turkey by the President of the Republic: the first since 1992. On that occasion, a strategic framework of cooperation was signed between the two Foreign Ministers.
  • At the first meeting of this strategic framework, in Paris on 10 October 2014, a 2014-2016 action plan was adopted as a genuine roadmap for our bilateral relations.
    - The Foreign Ministers of the two countries co-chaired the second meeting of the strategic framework in Ankara on 24 October 2016.
  • The French President met with Turkish President Erdoğan in the margins of the NATO Summit in Brussels on 25 May 2017.

For more information, visit the website of the French Embassy in Turkey (in French)

Economic and Trade relations

France’s exports to Turkey, which stood at around €7.1 billion in 2015, make France the country’s sixth-largest supplier (around 4% market share). The European Union remains Turkey’s leading trading partner, and its share in Turkey’s imports – after falling continually (from 49% in 2002 to 36% in 2014) recovered slightly in 2015 (38%), while the pivot towards the Middle East observed in recent years – has levelled out. In 2015, China thus became Turkey’s top supplier (12%) and the share of the major Western suppliers recovered slightly, while Russia suffered the consequences of movements in energy prices.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Our cooperation with Turkey involves several instruments:

  1. A network of bilingual schools, including the lycée (secondary school) and University of Galatasaray in Istanbul and six French private faith schools and the Tevfik Fikret Turkish private secular foundation.
  2. MICEL (Educational and Linguistic Cooperation Mission), a financially independent institution created in 1994 to make French teachers available for the Galatasaray integrated framework (lycée and university).
  3. Two French schools (accredited by the Agency for French Education Abroad – AEFE): the lycée Charles de Gaulle in Ankara and the lycée Pierre Loti in Istanbul.

With regard to research, including in social sciences and archaeology, the “Georges Dumézil” French Institute for Anatolian Studies (IFEA), founded in Istanbul in 1930, is an excellent facility.

In academic cooperation, the aim is to strengthen France’s attractiveness and develop grant programmes. France holds a special position in Turkey due to the success of Galatasaray University. Founded in 1992, the University is made up of five faculties (Law, Communication, Economic and Administrative Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Technology) with over 3,000 students spread out over five years of teaching.

Cultural and artistic cooperation is supported by the Institut Français in Turkey which has three sites in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir. There is also an Alliance Française in Adana.

For more information, visit the website of the French Embassy in Turkey (in French)

Updated: 1 June 2017

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