Relations between Georgia and the French Republic

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and the French Republic were established on August 21, 1992.

In 1993, the Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of France was opened.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the French Republic: 

  • H.E. Tea Katukia 2018-to date
  • H.E. Ekaterine Siradze-Delone 2013 - 2018
  • H.E. Mamuka Kudava 2007-2012
  • H.E. Natia Japaridze 2004-2007
  • H.E. Lana Ghoghoberidze 2004-2004
  • H.E. Gocha Chogovadze 1993-1994

In 1993, the Embassy of the Republic of France was opened in Georgia.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to Georgia: 

  • H.E. Pascal Meunier 2016 - to date
  • H.E. Renauld Salins 2012-2016
  • H.E. Eric Fournier 2007-2011
  • H.E. Philippe Lefort 2004-2007
  • H.E. Salomé Zourabichvili 2003-2004
  • H.E. Mireille Musso 1997-2003
  • H.E. Bernard Fassier 1993-1997
  • H.E. Pierre Morel (with residence in Moscow) 1992-1993

Main Fields of Cooperation

On 19 February, 2019 during President Salome Zurabishvili’s visit to the French Republic, “Dimitri Amilakhvari Georgian-French Dialogue” partnership declaration was signed. This dialogue includes political, defence and security, trade and economic, educational and cultural pillars. Georgian-French intensified bilateral relations have reached the point where the creation of this dialogue was necessary as it carries political as well as practical meaning.

The relations between Georgia and the French Republic are developing actively in bilateral as well as multilateral formats.

Several agreements are concluded between the two countries which regulate areas such as economy, defence, financial sector, culture and education.

After the visit of the President of the French Republic François Hollande in Georgia on May 13, 2014 the relations between the two countries moved to a qualitatively new stage. During the visit, the French President declared the French government’s decision to open the French Development Agency (AFD) in Georgia. The opening took place in the beginning of 2017. AFD contributes to the further developing of the cooperation in the priority areas such as infrastructure, agriculture, sustainable development, energy, tourism and pension reform.

The Friendship Group with the Parliament of the French Republic is functioning at the Georgian Parliament. Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group with Georgia is operating at the French National Assembly while the South Caucasus Inter-Parliamentary Group is established in the French Senate.

Bilateral projects are carried out in the field of defence. Cooperation between the French side and Sachkhere Mountain Training School is developing dynamically. In 2010, the school was awarded the status of NATO’s “Partnership for Peace” Training and Education Center. Georgia takes part in EU peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic, where the Georgian soldiers, together with the French troops are providing security and stability on the ground.

The cooperation in the fields of culture, education and science is developing successfully. Each year, the French Government provides scholarships for the Georgian students to study at the French universities.

The French School of Caucasus and the French Institute in Tbilisi allow young people to master French language and get acquainted with the French culture.

Cooperation between the regions of Georgia and France is developing successfully. Within the framework of interregional cooperation, exchange of visits, organizing of conferences, exhibitions, concerts, financing a variety of important projects takes place.

The Leuville Chateau located in Leuville town of France has a significant importance for Georgia. Our country’s connection with Leuville began in 1921 when the chairman of the Georgian government Mr. Noe Zhordania, the government members, a handful of Georgian representatives and their families boarded the Ernest Renan ship in Georgia to escape the Soviet aggression. The Georgians in exile settled in Leuville.

On September 23, 2016 the Act of Return of Leuville Estate to Georgia was signed in France, ending the 25-year historical process and returning the land to the Georgian people.

Useful Links:

Embassy of Georgia to France
Embassy Of France to Georgia
Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic