France congratulates President Ramaphosa

Thursday, February 22, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday received a call from the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, who congratulated him on his election as the President of the country.

According to the Embassy of France in South Africa, the two Presidents agreed to work on the reinforcement of bilateral relations between France and South Africa and on a common strategy to fight climate change.

“President Macron has assured President Ramaphosa of his will to make South Africa a major partner in the new approach to the relations between Africa and France.”

President Macron went on to invite President Ramaphosa to visit France soon.

France is an important trade, investment and tourism partner for South Africa. In 2015, trade between the two countries stood at R33.6 billion.

France remains an important source of foreign direct investment for South Africa with an estimated investment volume of over R24 billion.

The country is also a major contributor to South African inward tourism. A total of 128 438 tourists from France visited South Africa in 2015, according to the Department of Tourism.

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