France and Cyprus


Political relations

Relations between France and Cyprus are traditionally very close. Political aspects initially drove friendship and cooperation between France and Cyprus, while solidarity between the two peoples has also been forged in the economic and cultural spheres.

The ties between France and Cyprus have strengthened considerably in recent years, as shown by the signing of a strategic agenda between the two countries in 2016 and Cyprus’ accession to the International Organisation of La Francophonie as a full member. On the Cyprus issue, France supports the efforts of the Republic of Cyprus, along with the Turkish Cypriot community, to find a fair and sustainable solution to reunify the island, in the form of a bizonal bicommunal federation, in accordance with the principles set down in UN Security Council resolutions and in respect for EU acquis.


  • Visit to Paris by President Anastasiades on 6 November 2017 (meeting with President Macron).
  • Visit to Paris by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 26 June 2017.
  • Visit to Cyprus by President Hollande on 9 December 2016.
  • Visit to Cyprus by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault, on 25 October 2016 (signature of the strategic agenda).

Economic, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Since Cyprus became a member of the EU, France has enhanced its economic presence, developed its direct investments and increased its exports. After slumping during the Cypriot crisis, investment has recovered in the last five years, particularly in the sectors of the food industry, holding companies and construction. France is currently the eleventh-largest investor in Cyprus.

France and Cyprus concluded a cultural agreement in 1969. A letter of intent on deeper linguistic and educational cooperation was signed during the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development’s visit to Nicosia on 25 October 2016. The opening of the new Franco-Cypriot school (French, Greek, English) in 2012 was a key event in our bilateral cooperation. Scientific cooperation with Cyprus is founded on the “Zénon” Hubert Curien Partnership (PHC) which supports the funding of mobility for young researchers and diversification of Cyprus’ scientific exchanges.

Updated: March 2018