France has no representation in Bhutan and no diplomatic relations with this country. Issues regarding Bhutan are mainly handled by the French Embassy in India. A French international expert was seconded to the Royal University of Bhutan from 2013 to 2015 to work in the fields of rural development, business promotion and communication. Consular issues are handed by the French Consulate-General in Calcutta (India).
As regards economic relations and commerce, trade is limited: Bhutan ranks as France’s 200th-largest customer and 202nd-largest supplier. 90% of France’s exports to Bhutan consist of capital goods and transport equipment, while its imports are mainly metal products. These imports rose significantly in 2013, creating a trade deficit with Bhutan for the first time.