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Political relations

The friendship between France and Armenia is rooted in history and symbolised and maintained notably by the presence in France of a sizable community of Armenian origin. Over the 25 years of Armenian independence, bilateral relations have most notably included the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by France in 2001 and France’s role as a co-mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

For more information, visit the website of the Embassy: https://am.ambafrance.org/-La-France-et-l-Armenie-

Visits

Presidential

  • 12-13 May 2014: State visit by the French President to Armenia.
  • 24 April 2015: official visit by the French President to Yerevan for the commemorations of the centenary of the Armenian genocide.
  • 8 March 2017: official visit to France by the Armenian President.

Ministerial

  • June 2016: working visit by the Minister of State for Development and Francophonie to Yerevan.
  • 25 April 2016: working visit by the Minister of State for European Affairs to Yerevan.
  • 11 May, 31 August and 27 October 2016: working visits by the Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs to Paris.
  • 22 December 2017: working visit by the Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs to Paris.

Economic relations

Trade is limited, totalling €42.5 million in 2016, far behind the other countries of the Caucasus. France is the second-largest foreign investor in Armenia, behind Russia. A number of 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

Since 4 November 1995, France and Armenia have been linked by an intergovernmental agreement on cultural, scientific and technical cooperation. 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.

For more information, visit the website of the Embassy: https://am.ambafrance.org/-Cooperation-culturelle-

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 bilateral conference on decentralized cooperation was held in Yerevan on 1 and 2 December 2016.

Updated: 21 December 2017

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