France and Saint Lucia
Bilateral relations with Saint Lucia are mainly neighbourly relations due to the close proximity with the French Communities of the Americas.
A delegation from Saint Lucia, led by the Prime Minister, participated in the COP21 which was held in Le Bourget from 30 November to 12 December 2015. This event helped to highlight our shared commitment in the fight against climate change. Saint Lucia, like the majority of its Caribbean neighbours, was one of the first countries in the world to ratify the Paris Agreement.
- 30 November 2015: the Prime Minister, Mr Kenny Anthony, and the Minister for Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Mr James Fletcher, participated in the 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP21, Le Bourget).
The few French companies which are based in Saint Lucia work in the environment, tourism and agrifood industries.
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France’s Regional Cooperation Service, which works for the whole of the eastern Caribbean and Jamaica, is based in Saint Lucia.
French language teaching and cultural exchanges are an important part of bilateral cooperation. An agreement signed in June 2012 between the Martinique local education authority (académie) and the Saint Lucia Ministry of Education provides for a French language teacher and encourages educational exchange. The Alliance Française had approximately 510 students in 2015. The Alliance Française helped the definition of the Linguistic Pact between Saint Lucia and the International Organisation of La Francophonie, signed in 2011. In addition, cultural exchanges with Martinique and, to a lesser extent, Guadeloupe, were developed in partnership with the French regional directorates of cultural affairs (DRAC) and the operators of the French Communities of the Americas.
The French Development Agency is also active in the country from its agency based in Martinique, but the country’s debt levels limits the possibility to finance projects through loans.