France and Samoa
France maintains diplomatic relations with Samoa via its Embassy in Brussels and the French Embassy in New Zealand. In addition, France has an Honorary Consul in Apia.
France’s cultural, scientific and technical cooperation in Samoa is based on increasing academic cooperation with the University of French Polynesia and conducting projects under the French Foreign Ministry’s Pacific Fund.
Relations with the three local French communities (New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis-and-Futuna) are good and gradually developing, particularly with French Polynesia (creation of the Polynesian Leaders Group – PLG) and Wallis-and-Futuna (signature in late 2016 of an agreement between France and Samoa on connecting Wallis and Futuna to the underwater digital communication cable that will connect Samoa and Fiji).
The Prime Minister of Samoa, attended the Fourth France-Oceania Summit, held in Paris on 26 November 2015, as well as the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in December 2015. He also attended the high-level dialogue on climate change organized in Nouméa by the Pacific Community and closed by the French President (May 2018).