France and Barbados

Political relations

  • French Ambassador to Barbados (in residence in Saint Lucia): Mr Philippe Ardanaz
  • Ambassador of Barbados to France (in residence in Belgium): Mr Samuel Jefferson Chandler
  • Honorary Consul of Barbados in Paris: Ms Nicole Williams Roland
    (Tropic Travel - 96, rue de la Victoire - 75009 Paris, tel.: +33 (0) – email: info at

The fiftieth anniversary of bilateral relations between France and Barbados will be celebrated in 2018. The French Armed Forces in the Antilles are to take part in the independence celebrations, and a draft defence cooperation agreement is being prepared.

Barbados’ delegation, led by its Prime Minister, took part in COP21, held in Le Bourget from 30 November to 12 December 2015. This event helped demonstrate our shared commitment to combating global warming. Like most of its Caribbean neighbours, Barbados was one of the first countries to ratify the Paris Agreement worldwide.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Barbados and France cooperate in fields relating to the fight against drugs.

Linguistic and academic cooperation is also a priority, although, as Barbados has a regional university (University of the West Indies), it has less to gain than other Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries from joining the Passport for French Higher Education programme.

The Bridgetown Alliance Française branch has 60 learners.

At bilateral level, priority is given to academic cooperation (Passport for French Higher Education) and health cooperation.

Other cooperation

The presence in Fort-de-France of a high command of the French armed forces in the Antilles fosters development of military cooperation, such as annual exchanges of sections.

There is a regional training centre for police forces in Barbados.

Updated: 31.05.18