France needs to have successful foreign scholar programmes for cultural, academic, economic and political reasons.

-  Cultural, since France has a long tradition of cultural diversity that is important to uphold,
-  Academic, since having foreign scholar programmes is a way for French higher education and research institutions to acquire the international reputation they need for their development,
-  Economic, in that our country’s future growth in international trade depends partly on good quality foreign scholar programmes today,
-  Political, since foreign scholars are an important vehicle for our influence worldwide.

This charter is entirely in keeping with the ‘France’s Cultural and Scientific Outreach’ and ‘Solidarity with Developing Countries’ programmes for which the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is responsible. Charte 2008