France and Bosnia-Herzegovina


Political relations

The Dayton Peace Agreement was signed in Paris on 14 December 1995. France is a member of the Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council (PIC), a body overseeing respect for the Dayton Peace Agreement and the work of the High Representative.


During the Western Balkans Summit in Paris on 4 July 2016, the French Foreign Minister, Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault, met with his Bosnian counterpart, Mr Igor Crnadak. The Bosnian delegation was led by the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr Denis Zvizdić. On 8 November 2016, Mr Dragan Mektić, Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, met in Paris with Mr Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior.

The Minister of Defence, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, visited Sarajevo along with the Minister of State for European Affairs, Mr Harlem Désir, on 28 June 2014. Mr Jean-Marc Todeschini, Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance, visited Srebrenica in July 2015 on the occasion of the 20ᵗʰ anniversary of the genocide.

Economic relations

Trade in goods between France and Bosnia and Herzegovina was up 18.2% year-on-year in 2016, standing at €207.5 million. France is the country’s twelfth-largest customer and supplier.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Our cooperation relies on the Sarajevo-based French Institute in Bosnia and Herzegovina (IFBH) and its satellite centres in Mostar and Banja Luka, and on the legacy of the André Malraux Centre, which was established in Sarajevo during the conflict. The two institutions merged in 2014.

For more information, visit the website of the Institut Français:

Other cooperation

An Internal Security Attaché (ASI) based in Sarajevo implements police cooperation actions aimed at combating organized crime, terrorism and illegal immigration.

Updated: 18 December 2017