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Cooperation with French-speaking countries

Cooperation with French-speaking countries

Cities in the French-speaking world share not only a language, but also values and projects. Paris is deeply committed to its active role in this living, fertile network focused on real benefits for all its members.


Paris at the heart of the French-speaking world

A special place must be made for the French-speaking world in the City's international exchanges. Paris has the natural vocation of bringing together energies and promoting its actions.


The AIMF, Association internationale des maires francophones (international association of French-speaking mayors), is chaired by the Mayor of Paris. More than 156 cities, in 46 countries, use the network to defend the values of the French-speaking world and help mayors to fully embrace their role in strengthening local self-government. The AIMF has already completed more than 400 development projects concerning public health, infrastructure and the opening of multimedia centre.

Friendship and cooperation agreements with the Mediterranean basin

Several friendship and cooperation agreements have been signed with cities in the French-speaking world. They enable the City to exchange best practices with its partners. Paris has launched projects on culture, heritage conservation, parks, cleanliness and public transport with Southern Mediterranean cities - Tunis, Rabat, Casablanca, Algiers, Cairo.
An agreement was also signed with Quebec to share experiences on issues concerning elderly people in cities, the participation of citizens in local self-government, culture and water.

Decentralised cooperation initiatives make it possible for Paris to respond more efficiently to French-speaking cities requiring its expertise and human and technical assets. In cooperation with Brussels, Paris has trained fourteen managers from Vientiane, capital of Laos, in the daily management of urban services and in preparation for major infrastructure and urban planning projects. This project, conducted with the support of the European Union and the Agence de l'Eau Seine Normandie (a water agency), has enabled the city to deal with its management and development problems more efficiently.

The Senghor footbridge over the Seine

The City of Paris has inaugurated the Senghor footbridge, between the Quais Anatole France and the Tuileries to mark the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Lopold Sdar Senghor (former president of Senegal). The Mayor of Paris inaugurated the bridge on the date of the hundredth anniversary of this birth, 9 October 2006



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