The French first arrived in Bangladesh during the late 17th century. They maintained trading posts in Dhaka and other cities. In 1757, France sent a contingent of troops to Bangladesh to fight against the British in the Battle of Plassey.
High level visits
In 1990, French President François Mitterrand paid an official visit to Bangladesh. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid an official visit to Paris in 1999. Former Bangladesh Foreign Ministers Morshed Khan and Dipu Moni paid official visits to France in 2006 and 2010 respectively.
Alliance Française has been promoting French culture in Bangladesh since 1959. French archaeologists have been working on the excavation of Mahasthangarh since 1993 and have made a number of important discoveries.
As of 2012, the bilateral trade between the two countries stood at $1.647 billion of which Bangladesh's export to France amounts to $1.513 billion. Bangladesh mainly exports knitwear, woven garments, frozen food, Agri products, leather, jute and jute goods to France. France's main export items include chemical products, electronics, transport products, wood and paper.
Notes and references
- Ray, Aniruddha (2012). "French, The". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
- Harrington, Peter (1994). Plassey 1757, Clive of India's Finest Hour; Osprey Campaign Series #36. London: Osprey Publishing. pp. 61–65. ISBN 1-85532-352-4.
- "France and Bangladesh". France Diplomatie. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
- "The French Connection". The Daily Star. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
- Hossain, Md. Mosharraf (2006). Mahasthan: Anecdote to History. Dibyaprakash. pp. 21–23. ISBN 9844832454.
- "Bangladesh-France bilateral trade statistics" (PDF). Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
- Hasib, Nurul Islam (20 September 2015). "France, Germany making history in Bangladesh with first embassy in the world built and operated jointly". bdnews24.com.