France and Mauritius

Political relations

As a neighbouring country owing to the proximity of La Réunion, France maintains friendly and close relations with Mauritius. A bilateral “Framework Agreement on Economic, Scientific and Environmental Co-management relating to Tromelin Island and its Surrounding Maritime Areas” was signed in June 2010. The ratification process is not yet complete in France. The islands of La Réunion and Mauritius are close together and maintain a very strong relationship, particularly in terms of cooperation. The authorities of Mauritius are considering the opening of a Consulate General on La Réunion.


  • 26 November 2017: visit to Paris by Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, Mauritius’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, for the ministerial conference of the International Organisation of La Francophonie. Meeting with Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attatched to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs
  • 29 June 2016: visit to France by the Hon. Nandcoomar Bodha, Mauritian Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport. Meeting with Matthias Fekl, French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad.
  • 30 March 2016: visit to Paris by Ms Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius. Meeting with the French President, François Hollande.
  • 30 September 2015: visit to Paris by Deputy Prime Minister, Xavier-Luc Duval.

Economic relations

France is a major economic actor in Mauritius as it is:

  • its third-largest trading partner, with a total volume of €633 million in 2016 (with a surplus for France of €65 million);
  • its second-largest customer (behind the United Kingdom), receiving 11.5% of Mauritius’ exports in 2016;
  • its third-largest supplier (behind India and China), providing 8% of Mauritius’ imports in 2016;
  • its leading foreign investor (with more than 170 French subsidiaries and joint ventures);
  • its leading provider of tourists (around 420 000 French people out of 1.3 million visitors) in 2016, representing 33% of tourist arrivals. France is Mauritius’ leading bilateral partner for official development assistance. The Agence française de développement (AFD) is Mauritius’ second-largest donor after the African Development Bank (ADB) and the second-largest donor to loan directly to public companies, behind China. Since 2006, the AFD has made €615.8 million in gross commitments to Mauritius.

Trade between La Réunion and Mauritius (€34 million in 2016) gives a strong trade surplus to Mauritius. In 2016, exports from La Réunion to Mauritius (€5 million) were significantly lower than imports to La Réunion from Mauritius (€29 million).

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

France is working proactively in the area of training, education, higher education and research, with inter-university cooperation and grant programmes. In addition, through the Agency for French Education Abroad, France supports a network of very highly regarded French schools in Mauritius (five schools, 5,000 students, two-thirds of whom have Mauritian nationality).

Updated: 27 November 2017