France and Georgia

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Political relations

We have long-standing friendly relations with Georgia (the Georgian government in exile was hosted in France from 1918 to 1921), maintained through contacts at every level. Bilateral political consultations at Foreign Minister level were held in Tbilisi on 15 December 2016.

Visits

President Hollande made an official visit to Tbilisi on 13 May 2014, and received his Georgian counterpart on an official visit to France from 20 to 23 April 2016. The Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Janelidze, made an official visit to France on 7 February 2017.

Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, then French Minister of Defence, visited Georgia in September 2016. In April 2017, as Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, he received his counterpart, Mr Levon Izoria, who himself received Ms Florence Parly, French Minister for the Armed Forces, in October that year.

Economic relations

Georgia has received French investment in the areas of distribution, transport, hospitality and agrifood. France has a trade surplus (€125 million of exports as against €35 million of imports in 2016) with Georgia, but trade remains limited with a market share of 1.5%.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Our cultural cooperation prioritizes the training of Georgian elites through an attractive grant programme and the development of university courses. The French School of the Caucasus, which was established in September 2006, had more than 360 pupils in 2017-2018.

Updated: 21 December 2017

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