The at a glance and key question sections of this profile have been updated in March 2019. The deep dive sections of this profile were last updated in March 2018 and will be updated shortly.
Strategic priorities
  • According to the latest CICID conclusions, France has five priority areas: 1) international stability, 2) climate change, 3) education, 4) gender equality, and 5) global health. Global education and the fight against climate change are flagship priorities of the government.
  • In overall foreign policy, France prioritizes security and combating terrorism, with a strong focus on the Sahel region of Africa, where development projects accompany France’s military and political interventions.
  • Geographically, France takes a differentiated approach to allocating its ODA. It provides grants mainly to 19 countries, almost all in sub-Saharan Africa, while relying on ODA loans in emerging economies.

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  • The 2019 G7 summit, hosted by France, focuses on five goals around inequality: 1) fighting inequality of opportunity through action on gender, education, and health access; 2) reducing environmental inequality; 3) strengthening the social dimensions of globalization; 4) addressing threats to security; and 5) tapping into the opportunities created by technology
  • Macron’s focus on education will likely lead to funding increases in this sector. In February 2018, France showed international leadership on this by co-hosting the Global Partnership for Education Financing Conference.
  • In October 2019, France will host the Global Fund sixth replenishment in Lyon. This reiterates the crucial role of health in France’s multilateral engagement and its support for global-health initiatives.

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