France and Turkey

Political relations

Bilateral dialogue has strengthened since 2012, due largely to converging views on major international issues and regional matters (crises in the Middle East, climate issues) and close bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism and in economic affairs (in the JETCO – Joint Economic and Trade Committee framework). The strategic cooperation framework established in January 2014 at Foreign Minister level is the steering body for the bilateral relationship.

Bilateral visits

  • The Turkish President made a visit to Paris on 5 January 2018.
  • The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs travelled to Ankara on 14 and 15 September 2017 and met with his Turkish counterpart in Paris on 5 October 2017.

For more information, visit the website of the French Embassy in Turkey (in French)

Economic and trade relations

In 2016, bilateral trade stood at €14.05 billion, rising 1.93% compared with 2015. Turkey is our twelfth-largest global supplier, and the fourth-largest excluding the EU and Switzerland. It is our tenth-largest customer, or third if the EU and Switzerland are excluded. France is Turkey’s sixth-largest customer, receiving 4.2% of its exports.

Educational, scientific, cultural and technical cooperation

Two French schools are accredited by the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE): the Lycée Charles de Gaulle in Ankara and the Lycée Pierre Loti in Istanbul. Our educational cooperation is also founded on a network of bilingual Francophone schools. In addition to six private French schools and the private secular foundation Tevfik Fikret, the MICEL (Educational and Linguistic Cooperation Mission), a financially autonomous body, provides French teachers for the Galatasaray institutions (school and university). With regard to research, the French Institute for Anatolian Studies (IFEA), founded in Istanbul in 1930, is an excellent facility. Where academia is concerned, France has a special position thanks to the Francophone Galatasaray University, created by a bilateral agreement in 1992. It has more than 3,000 students. Cultural and artistic cooperation is supported by the Institut Français in Turkey which has three sites in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir. There is also an Alliance Française branch in Adana.

For more information, visit the website of the French Embassy in Turkey (in French)

Updated: March 2018