MEXICO CITY, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto Thursday welcomed his French counterpart Francois Hollande, as part of a state visit that served to "relaunch" bilateral ties.
At an official ceremony in the capital of Mexico City, Pena Nieto said, "this state visit marks the reencounter between France and Mexico, it symbolizes the unity between two nations that bind together Europe and the Americas."
"Today ... we relaunch our relationship to make it closer, stronger and with greater benefits for our societies," he said.
The bilateral ties between Mexico and France soured in 2005 when Frenchwoman Florence Cassez was sentenced in Mexico to 60 years in prison for her links to a kidnapping ring headed by her then boyfriend.
Tensions between the two countries led Mexico to cancel its participation in The Year of Mexico in France in 2011, but in 2013 when Hollande came to power, Mexico's Supreme Court voted to throw out the case against Cassez, citing irregularities in her arrest.
As a result of their meeting, Pena Nieto said they two agreed to more than 40 bilateral accords covering a wide range of areas, including education, sustainable development, finance, aeronautics, energy health and security.
Mexico and France agreed to cooperate in the fight against obesity, and France has offered to help Mexico set up a national gendarmerie to fight crime, according to the agreements.
In the field of finance, Mexico is looking to gain more credit to grow exports, while in aeronautics, the idea is to set up aircraft assembly in Mexico.
Trade exchange between the two countries reached a record 3.9 billion euros (5.1 billion dollars) in 2013, a 14 percent increase over the previous year.