Brazil–France relations

Brazil–France relations refers to bilateral relations between the Federative Republic of Brazil and the French Republic.

Bilateral relations
Brazil–France relations


French President Emmanuel Macron and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during the 14th G20 summit.

The two countries are committed to strengthening their bilateral cooperation in the areas for which working groups have been created: nuclear energy, renewable energies, defence technologies, technological innovation, joint cooperation in African countries and space technologies, medicines and the environment.[1]

Brazil and France entered a formal strategic alliance in 2008.[2][3] France supports Brazil’s ambition to become a global player on the international scene,[4] and has been a strong supporter of the Brazilian bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.[1] Through significant technology transfers, France intends to help Brazil acquire key technologies of a major world power in the military, space, energy and technology sectors.[4]

According to a 2013 BBC World Service Poll, 54% of French people view Brazil’s influence positively, with 32% expressing a negative view, while 50% of Brazilians view France’s influence positively, with 19% expressing a negative view.[5]

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Timeline of bilateral relations
1825 France is the first European country to recognize the independence of Brazil.[6]
1959 Inauguration of the House of Brazil (Casa do Brasil) at the University of Paris.[6]
2003 France invites Brazil to participate at the G8 Summit in Evian.[6]
2004 Creation of the Action Against Hunger and Poverty by initiative of Presidents Lula and Chirac;
Creation of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti.[6]
2005 Year of Brazil in France.[6]
2008 Brazil and France enter a strategic alliance.[2]
2009 Year of France in Brazil.[7]

In 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro commented that he would only accept $20 million in G7 aid to fight the Amazon rainforest wildfires if French President Emmanuel Macron retracted criticisms which he found offensive.[8]

Brazil is France’s leading trade partner in Latin America and its fourth most important partner outside OECD. Over 500 French companies are established directly in Brazil and employ over 250,000 people.[9] Total trade between the two countries surpassed $6.5 billion dollars in 2009.[6]

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
French exports to Brazil $1.8 billion $2.3 billion $2.7 billion $2.8 billion $3.5 billion $4.7 billion $3.6 billion
Brazilian exports to France $1.7 billion $2.2 billion $2.5 billion $2.7 billion $3.5 billion $4.1 billion $2.9 billion
Total trade $3.5 billion $4.5 billion $5.2 billion $5.5 billion $7 billion $8.8 billion $6.5 billion
Note: All values are in U.S. dollars. Source:.[6]

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