France and the Marshall Islands
France’s role in climate negotiations has helped spur on our bilateral relations, which remain limited in terms of cooperation.
President Heine visited Paris for the One Planet Summit in December 2017, as well as the headquarters of the Pacific Community in Nouméa for the high-level dialogue on climate change that was closed by the President of the French Republic (4 May 2018). His predecessor, President Christopher J. Loeak, visited France in late 2015 for the Fourth France-Oceania Summit and COP21.
The French ambassador to Manila is accredited to the Marshall Islands. The Embassy carries our technical and cultural cooperation with the support of the Pacific Fund. In the past, France has also funded photovoltaic electrification projects on the Namdrik and Mejit atolls, as well as a study, using Agence Française de Développement (AFD, French Development Agency) funding, into the technical and financial feasibility of a project for an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) power plant.
Updated: March 2019