In a press statement at the Elysee Palace, issued in conjunction with the French President François Hollande, the president of Mexico pointed out that this state visit has been historic due to the shared will and everything that has been promoted by both governments.

“Mexico regards France as a strategic partner, and wishes to walk alongside France and contribute to common goals,” he said.

For his part, President of France François Hollande said that, “For the past three years, since we renewed and relaunched our cooperation, trade has increased by 10 per cent annually and since the start of this year, it has increased by 30 per cent.”

He said that, “There are over 150 French firms established in Mexico and Mexican companies that have now come to work in France.”

François Hollande added that, “There is another area of cooperation: academic, university-based and scientific. France is Mexico’s third most important scientific partner, the second country in terms of foreign students going to Mexico and the third destination of Mexican students worldwide. And this is the cooperation we will intensify through a series of projects being carried out by the universities and colleges of both countries,” he added.

President Peña Nieto said that one of the common goals of both nations is the initiative of François Hollande’s government, “Is for the Conference of the Parties, Cop 21, to be held later this year here in Paris, to really involve the binding commitment of the world’s governments to reduce the emission of pollutants into the atmosphere, and thus contribute to creating a better environment.”

“This is a bold initiative that the Mexican government has accompanied, and on which Mexico has also spoken in very specific commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are those polluting and affecting the environment . It is also creating the climate change we must fight in order not to affect the world in which we live, which is everyone’s home,” he said.

The Mexican president also mentioned the over 60 agreements for cooperation in various spheres signed within the framework of this state visit. He highlighted those linked to the education sector, “Which will allow us to have greater academic exchanges between students of the two countries, and greater cooperation between higher education institutions in order to contribute to the successful experience of both countries.”

The president also mentioned the agreements on health, such as the one involving the preparation in Mexico of a dengue vaccine and training, “Medical personnel in Mexico, particularly as regards kidney transplants, to mention just some of the efforts in this area, which have materialized in agreements for this purpose.”

He said that in the economic sphere, “Trade relations have increased; we want to see even greater growth, encourage mutual investment between our entrepreneurs, support small and medium enterprises in order for them to expand and become international, and what better way to do so than with countries that are combining efforts so that there will be better relations between our entrepreneurs?”

He also highlighted the La Casa Mexicana project, “So that Mexico will have a presence here in France through this cultural, artistic, gastronomic space, which will be achieved through the investment of Mexican businessmen and possibly with the participation of French entrepreneurs who will contribute to this purpose. This will undoubtedly constitute a milestone and affect relations between the two countries.”

The cultural sphere, he said, “is particularly important, because culture brings us closer. We are heirs to ancient cultures and we are also heirs to a culture that has found spaces of fusion and what better way to strengthen this relationship of fraternal friendship between two nations than through culture?”

He hailed the fact that the French Government has granted a space for a major exhibition of Mexican art to be held in the Grand Palais next year.
President Peña Nieto thanked the Franco-Mexican Strategic Council formed two years ago, which today presented its second report on what has been achieved. Its members, “Have shed light and served as a beacon and guide to enhancing relations between France and Mexico,” he added.

He also thanked President Hollande for, “The hospitality he has shown us, the official delegation, the business delegation, which has participated in this state visit on behalf of Mexico.”

“It is no coincidence that Mexico is here on this state visit, during France’s national holiday. And this merely reflects the government’s political will to relaunch relations between France and Mexico,” he said.

THREE YEARS AGO, WE EMBARKED ON A NEW STAGE OF FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN FRANCE AND MEXICO: FRANCOIS HOLLANDE

President of France, François Hollande, said that since his first meeting with President Peña Nieto, nearly three years ago, when he was elected President, they established a friendship.

At that time, he continued, “Relations between the two countries were not at an ideal stage, and therefore we did not wish to ignore that moment, but rather to open up a new era of friendship between France and Mexico. And we proved that when there is a will, when there is ambition and joint vision, it is possible to advance quickly.”

He also recalled that on his state visit to Mexico in April 2014, together with President Peña Nieto, he decided to create a Franco-Mexican Strategic Council. “We can only congratulate ourselves on the decision, because in many other areas we have created a new environment, a special environment that allows us to progress in many sectors,” he said.

He mentioned the Mexican president’s statement of support, “In the preparation and organization of the Paris Conference on climate, which is a decisive form of support”.

The French President announced that in order to facilitate the agreed exchanges, Airbus A380 will fly to Mexico before year-end, which will give even more prominence to our cooperation”.

Among the political issues, he said that, “Both countries represent common principles: the defense of peace and security worldwide; the promotion of values such as the abolition of the death penalty, and a willingness to contribute to cultural diversity and the emancipation of peoples”.

THE TWO LEADERS LED A MEETING OF THE STRATEGIC FRANCO-MEXICAN COUNCIL.

Earlier, the two leaders led a meeting of the Franco-Mexican Strategic Council, whose members submitted reports on the progress made in the two years since its creation.

Among the projects reported on was one concerning La Casa Mexicana, which will be located in the heart of Paris, a flagship initiative reflecting the public-private nature of this Council. Another project is the Sustainable City in Campeche, an innovative smart urban development project that will turn the city into an international reference.

He also mentioned that on March 6, the UNAM Mexican Studies Center was opened at the Pierre and Marie Curie University.

THE FRENCH PRESIDENT HOSTS A DINNER IN HONOR OF THE MEXICAN PRESIDENT AND HIS WIFE

After the press statement, President François Hollande hosted a state dinner in honor of President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife, Angélica Rivera de Peña, in which the two leaders reiterated their interest in strengthening the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

They said that the bonds of friendship between France and Mexico have been strengthened through this state visit, which ends today, and expressed confidence in the fact that the agreements would create better conditions for the societies of both countries.

After the state dinner, President Peña Nieto and his wife were driven to Paris-Orly Airport to return to Mexico City, where they are scheduled to arrive at approximately 6 am on Friday morning.