France and Armenia


Political relations

France and Armenia’s relationship is rooted in history, and is characterised and maintained notably due to the presence of a significant community of Armenian origin in France. Over the last 25 years of Armenian independence, bilateral relations have most notably included the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by France in 2001 as well as France’s role as a co-mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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  • 8 March 2017: official visit by the President of Armenia to France
  • 24 April 2015: official visit by the French President to Yerevan for the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
  • 12 and 13 May 2014: State visit to Armenia by the French President
  • Ministerial Visits
  • 11 May, 31 August and 27 October 2016: working visit to Paris by the Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 25 April 2016: working visit to Yerevan by Minister of State for European Affairs
  • 23 January 2016: working visit to Yerevan by Minister of State for Development and Francophonie

Economic relations

Trade is relatively weak, totalling €42.5 million 2015, far behind the other countries of the Caucasus. France is the second-largest foreign investor in Armenia, behind Russia. Some French companies have branches in Armenia, particularly in the agrifood industry (Pernod Ricard, Carrefour), the water sector (Veolia) and the banking sector (Crédit Agricole).

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

An intergovernmental agreement for cultural, scientific and technical cooperation between France and Armenia has been in place since 4 November 1995. The flagship of the two countries’ bilateral cooperation is the French University in Armenia (UFAR), which takes in over 1,000 students each year for courses in law, business and management that lead to a French and Armenian dual degree, in partnership with Lyon III University.

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Other cooperation

There is extensive decentralized cooperation. Around twenty French local governments are involved in twinning schemes and cooperation projects with Armenia, in a wide range of fields (tourism, healthcare, etc.). The third Assises of Decentralized Cooperation were held in Yerevan on 1 and 2 December 2016.

Updated: 09.08.17