Bahamas

France and the Bahamas

Political relations

Ambassador of France to the Bahamas: Mr Brice Roquefeuil (residing in Panama)

Ambassador of the Bahamas in France: Mr Eldred Edison Bethel (accredited on 22 February 2013). He was succeeded by Mr Ellison Edroy Greenslade on 14 November 2017. (residing in London)

Although our political relations are not very extensive, French President François Hollande met with the Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie (who at the time was Chair of CARICOM) on the sidelines of the Caribbean Climate Summit on 10 May 2015 in Martinique.

Economic relations

Trade with the Bahamas remains limited and a surplus for France of €58 million was recorded in 2016. French exports consist mainly of aircraft and alcoholic beverages.

Club Méditerranée, which formerly had three resorts on the islands, now only has one. Rubis, a company specializing in storing and distributing oil products, took over the petrol station network and the sale of aircraft fuel from US company Chevron in 2011. Soletanche Bachy is working with the largest domestic construction firm (Mosko Group) on a number of projects.
Bouygues began preparing a tourist island for MSC Cruises.

Updated: November 2019