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France and North Macedonia

Political relations

France and the Republic of North Macedonia have good political relations and meet regularly. France has provided constant support to North Macedonia since its independence. It played an important role during the 2001 crisis, the resolution of which led to the Ohrid Framework Agreement. France supports North Macedonia’s European horizons.

Visits

  • 4 June 2019: Mr Bujar Osmani, Deputy Prime Minister, and Mr Nikola Dimitrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Ms Amélie de Montchalin, the Minister of State for European Affairs.
  • 26 February 2019: Ms Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, visited North Macedonia.
  • 11 December 2018: Mr Oliver Spasovski, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs, and Mr Nikola Dimitrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, took part in a ministerial meeting in Paris to discuss the fight against firearms trafficking in the Western Balkans.
  • 30 November 2018: Ms Radmila Shekerinska, Minister of Defence, met with Ms Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces, during a visit to Paris.
  • 11 November 2018: Mr Gjorge Ivanov, President of the Republic of North Macedonia, took part in the 11 November commemorations.
  • 30-31 May 2018: Ms Geneviève Darrieussecq, Minister of State attached to the Minister for the Armed Forces, visited North Macedonia.
  • 4 April 2018: Mr Nikola Dimitrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, during a visit to Paris.

Information on bilateral visits: [https://mk.ambafrance.org/-Historique→https://mk.ambafrance.org/-Historique-]

Economic relations

Although trade between France and the Republic of North Macedonia has remained modest since 2012, it is growing steadily. French exports to North Macedonia were €79.6 million in 2018 and North Macedonian imports to France stood at €60.7 million.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Our bilateral cooperation centres on three priorities: strengthening the rule of law and support for good governance, training elites, and supporting French language and culture, with the aim of supporting closer relations between the Republic of North Macedonia and the European Union. Cultural and linguistic activities are led by the Institut Français in Skopje (inaugurated in 1974) and two Alliance Française branches in Bitola and Tetovo.

French Embassy in Tirana: [https://mk.ambafrance.org/-La-cooperation→https://mk.ambafrance.org/-La-cooperation-]
Website of the Institut Français in Skopje: http://www.ifs.mk/fr

Other cooperation

Three French towns are twinned with towns in North Macedonia: Épinal with Bitola (1968), Dijon with Skopje (1961) and Roubaix with Skopje (1973). A major decentralized cooperation programme was implemented in the Basse-Normandie region, resulting in around 11 direct twinning agreements between towns and cities. As part of this initiative, a major work programme has been launched to commemorate the Eastern Front.

Updated: 09.07.19