During the meeting held on the sidelines of President Hassan Rouhani's recent visit to France, Farhadi said some 5,000 Iranians are studying at the French universities, so it makes sense for the two sides to seize this great opportunity for greater cooperation in the field.
He stressed the need for France to ease visa restrictions on Iranian students and researchers, help form a joint academic and scientific center, and introduce student exchange programs.
French Minister Mandon welcomed the proposal, and said the recent nuclear deal has paved the way to this end, adding that the exchange program could also include Iranian and French experts.
He said a delegation of the French National Centre for Scientific Research is also due to visit Iran in the near future.
President Rouhani wrapped up his four-day visit to Italy and France on Thursday January 28. He was accompanied by a trade delegation during his visit to Rome and Paris.