At a glance
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.