After the first meeting for four years of a ministerial committee on aid and development,
Ayrault announced that 85 per cent of French aid will go to African and Mediterranean countries.
The priority countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, the Comoros, Djibouti, Ghana, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Togo and Senegal.
The French government will stress the need for transparency and efficient control of aid money, he added.
France is the world’s fourth biggest aid donor, contributing 10 per cent of international aid efforts.