The relations started after the Federation of Malaya achieved independence on 1957, although the first Malayan ambassador to France only arrived in Paris on 1959. During the administration of Jacques Chirac and Mahathir Mohamad, the relations significantly improved especially in economics, politics and culturally aspects.
Many French companies has started investment in Malaysia mainly in technology sectors. Currently Malaysia has been consider by France as the second largest economic partner in ASEAN and there are 260 French companies operating which are ready to support all projects to turn Malaysia to become a fully developed country by 2020.
Education and culture
Since 1960s, the French government has provided grants and scholarships to Malaysian students to study in France especially on science and technical fields. While in Malaysia, around 100 French students go to Malaysia every year to study.
France are the one of the Malaysia main military partners in the supply of military equipment and defence services. Since 1990s, both countries has strived to consolidate defence relations, a large numbers of French military industries has began to establish cooperation with the Malaysian partners. One of the example are the French naval shipbuilding company, the DCNS. In 2002, two Malaysian submarine are build in France and Spanish shipyards which then delivered in Malaysia in 2009 and early 2010. Other French companies also has been actively taking part on the Langkawi International Maritime and Air Show (LIMA) and in DSA exhibitions. Initially, the French-Malaysian defence relationship was based on large military programmes of arms procurement.
- Christoph Marcinkowski; Constance Chevallier-Govers; Ruhanas Harun (2011). Malaysia and the European Union: Perspectives for the Twenty-first Century. LIT Verlag Münster. pp. 34–. ISBN 978-3-643-80085-5.
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- Towards better Malaysia–France relations Diplomatic Notes, Yusof Hashim
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