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France and Moldova

Political relations

France is one of the States with the longest-standing representation in Chisinau, and celebrated the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2017. France wishes the Republic of Moldova success and supports it on the path of economic and social progress and consolidation of the rule of law.

Economic relations

France is the country’s tenth-largest customer and one of the top ten suppliers. Trade flows between the two countries remain modest, standing at just over €100 million in 2018. France primarily imports agricultural products and textiles from the Republic of Moldova, while exporting agricultural equipment, machines (including automobiles) and chemicals to it. There are development prospects for trade, both in the agriculture and agrifood sectors and in the industrial and service sectors.

France is the fifth-largest source of foreign investment in the Republic of Moldova, accounting for more than 4,000 direct jobs. Over the first eight months of 2018, French exports to the country rose by 27%, while our imports grew by 15%. Major French companies including Orange, Lafarge, Pentalog and Lactalis are among the leading economic players in the Republic of Moldova and contribute to its growth. Further French investment is expected if the country continues on the path of the rule of law, adoption of European norms and improving the business climate.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Cultural exchanges and teaching of French in the Republic of Moldova have imbibed generations with French culture in the country. Despite the conflicts, divisions and ruptures that have marked Europe’s history over the centuries, the Moldovan people have maintained special connection with France, its culture and its language.

The Alliance Française branch in the Republic of Moldova, based in Chisinau, was inaugurated in December 1995. Since 1996, the Republic of Moldova has been a member of the International Organisation of La Francophonie. On the sidelines of the last Francophonie Summit in Yerevan in October 2018, the Republic of Moldova signed a linguistic compact aimed at giving a greater role to French in its education system. Today, French is taught as a foreign language in the Republic of Moldova and continues to be followed by whole classes of pupils and students across the country, at all levels. Around 40% of secondary school pupils learn French. The Alliance Française branch in Chisinau is one of the largest in Europe, with almost 4,000 learners, and is an essential symbol of France’s presence in the Republic of Moldova.

Regular Francophone events are held each year, drawing on joint financing provided by the various Francophone partners that are well established in the country. These include the University Agency for Francophonie, the Francophone Regional Centre for Central and Eastern Europe (CREFECO), the Wallonia-Brussels Region delegation, TV5 Monde, GREF and Solidarité Laïque.

In terms of decentralized cooperation many projects are in place with villages in the Republic of Moldova to improve infrastructures, including for waste processing, improving water quality, the energy transition and the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage.

Updated: April 2019