France and Yemen


Political relations

France was one of the first countries to speak out in favour of the departure of President Saleh and to support the CCASG plan signed on 23 November 2011 in coordination with the EU and the United States. France recognises the legitimacy of President Hadi and the government in exile and co-sponsored, with the United States and the United Kingdom, United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216 of April 2015 calling for resumption of dialogue and an inclusive solution and imposing an arms embargo and individual sanctions on the Houthis.

The UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for Yemen, Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has met with French political authorities on several occasions.

Humanitarian assistance

During the Geneva donor conference on 25 April, France announced €3.7 million and later leveraged further loans. France dedicated €4.3 million in humanitarian assistance to Yemen in 2017 through international organizations (International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Food Programme and the High Commissioner for Refugees) and ONGs (CARE). The projects supported in the fields of health care and combating malnutrition help combat the risks of famine and the cholera epidemic.

France also financed €2 million for NGO projects in 2017 supporting stabilization (as against €240,000 in 2016). The priorities of our activities in Yemen are: local socio-economic relief, support for vulnerable persons and human rights, and fostering independent media.

France’s total humanitarian and stabilization support in 2017 was therefore €6.3 million. €1.5 million will also be leveraged in January 2018 to fight against the risks of famine and malnutrition.

Reception of Yemeni students in France

A new cooperation between the Hadhramout foundation for human development, a philanthropic foundation aiming to promote development in Yemen, and Campus France, an agency of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs for the promotion of studies in France to foreign students, helped receive 58 Yemeni studens in France since the beginning of the 2017 academic year. A second group of 50 students is expected to join Masters courses in France next September.

Updated: 18 December 2017