Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has travelled with representatives of 36 companies to France today on a trade mission.
Irish exports to France have been experiencing strong growth and are now worth €10bn per year.
During the three day visit, Mr Bruton will attend a series of meetings in the Brittany and Paris regions with representatives of leading French and Irish companies.
They will also attend events to promote Irish exporters in key sectors, including agri-technologies, cleantech, engineering and construction.
Mr Bruton said two way trade between Ireland and France was at record levels and there was an opportunity for substantial growth over the next three years.
He said this mission was aimed at building on the existing links, as well as opening new doors for increased export business.