France and Chad


Political relations

France and Chad have a strong bilateral relationship marked by many high-level meetings: Chad is also an important partner for France in the fight against terrorism. Since August 2014, the headquarters of the French Operation Barkhane has been based in N’Djamena.


  • French Prime Minister Cazeneuve’s first visit abroad was to Chad, on 29 December 2016, in the company of Mr Le Drian, Minister of Defence.
  • Ms Royal, French Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, responsible for international climate relations, visited Chad on 29 January 2017 regarding COP21 commitments for Lake Chad.
  • Mr Le Guen, French Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, visited Chad from 14 to 15 February and 9 to 11 April 2017.
  • - Mr Le Drian, French Minister of Defence, visited Chad on 26 and 27 February 2017.
  • Mr Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, met with his Chadian counterpart, Mr Hissein Taha, in Paris on 16 March 2017.
  • President Macron met with President Déby in Bamako on 2 July 2017 and in Paris on 11 July, 28 August and 13 December that year.
  • Ms Parly, French Minister for the Armed Forces, visited Chad on 30 and 31 July 2017.
  • Mr Édouard Philippe, Prime Minister, met with President Déby in Paris on 8 September 2017.

Economic relations

France is one of Chad’s main economic partners. Annual trade totals €211 million. France’s trade surplus with Chad stood at €17.9 million in 2016. French exports (€110 million in 2016) are mostly in the pharmaceutical sector. Oil is France’s leading import from Chad (€83.4 million out of total 2016 imports of €91.7 million). France has granted €20 million of budget assistance to Chad since December 2016, as well as €40 million in concessional loans for budget support under the IMF programme. Moreover, France committed €3 million of emergency humanitarian and food aid in 2017. Despite a relatively difficult business environment (ranked 180ᵗʰ out of 189 countries in the World Bank’s 2017 Doing Business ranking), some 20 subsidiaries of French businesses operate in Chad.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

France is Chad’s leading bilateral development assistance partner (excluding humanitarian and food aid). In 2016, the commitments of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD, French Development Agency) in Chad totalled €29.6 million. The AFD works in supporting urban planning in N’Djamena and Moundou, providing long-term support for nomadic farming and maternal and child health, and improving the educational system and vocational training. Our cooperation is also implemented in the sectors of governance and higher education and research.

Other cooperation

France provides support for the restructuring of the Chadian armed forces (training, retraining, advice and expertise). It is also active in the internal security field through support for capacity building in the area of counter-terrorism.

Updated: 29 December 2017