France maintains diplomatic relations with Samoa via the Embassy of the Independent State of Samoa in Brussels and the French Embassy in New Zealand. In addition, France has an Honorary Consul in Apia.
In 2008, French navy vessels Dumont d’Urville and Vendémiaire called at Apia. The Minister of State for Development and Francophonie attended the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS Conference) in Apia from 30 August to 3 September. H.E. Mr Tuilaepa Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, attended the Fourth France-Oceania Summit, held in Paris on 26 November 2015, as well as the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in December 2015.
Trade between France and Samoa remains slack.
France’s cultural, scientific and technical cooperation in Samoa is based on increasing academic cooperation with the University of French Polynesia and conducting projects under the French Foreign Ministry’s Pacific Fund.
French development assistance is mainly channelled through the European Development Fund (EDF), with its contribution accounting for 18% of the funds allocated by the European Union.
Updated: 7 February 2017