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Taiwan and France sign working holiday and aviation deals

Staff Writer |
Taiwan and France signed n agreement that paves the way for a reciprocal working holiday program for young adults of both countries, and renewed their aviation agreement to allow for more direct flights.

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Under the program, France and Taiwan will allow up to 500 adults aged 18-30 to travel and work in each other's country, said Benoit Guidee, director of the French Office in Taipei, at a reception to celebrate Bastille Day, the French National Day.

On the area of people-to-people exchanges, the working holiday agreement will take effect on Aug. 8 and direct flights between Taiwan and Paris will be increased from four to seven per week beginning October 10.

Under the terms of the agreement, a program participant will be allowed to stay in each other's country to travel, work or participate in short-term studies for up to 180 days, which can be extended to a total of 360 days.

It is hoped that these new initiatives will boost bilateral people-to-people exchanges and promote tourism, cultural and trade exchanges.

There are 14 other countries that have signed similar working holiday agreements with Taiwan, namely Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Germany, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic.

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