Welcome message from the Consul General
It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you to the website of the Consulate General of France in Kolkata. It is my privilege to share with you our activities and initiatives which will help build further the links between France and Eastern India.
France and Bengal share a deep historical connection that dates back to late 17th century when Duplessis acquired a piece of land in Chandernagore on behalf of the French East India Company. In 1730, Dupleix was appointed governor of the city, during whose administration this trading outpost grew rapidly.
On a cultural level, the mutual fascination between Romain Rolland and Rabindranath Tagore in the beginning of the 20th century is a well-known fact, the two authors sharing the same universalist approach. It is also known that Satyajit Ray decided to shoot his first movie after his encounter with French director Jean Renoir, who was in Bengal to film his masterpiece “The River”.
Since then, there have been many interactions between writers, visual artists or musicians from France and Bengal.
The Consulate General of France in Kolkata is engaged in every sector which can bring our relationship closer. Our jurisdiction covers 12 states with a population of more than 320 millions people : Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland and Mizoram. The Kingdom of Bhutan also falls within this purview.
The Alliance Française du Bengal, through its excellence in teaching French and the many cultural events it proposes, is a landmark of the French presence in Kolkata.
Higher education is also one of our highest priorities. Our agency Campus France is specialized in building a strong interaction between institutions of higher learning between France and the region.
In the economic field, we work closely with the French Embassy to aid in particular small and medium enterprises which are suited for the region to network and reach out for joint ventures.
To promote our people-to-people relations, we have opened our visa section in 2011. Indian tourists, businessmen and students can apply directly in Kolkata via VFS. We deliver visas within a window of 48 hours.
We look forward to your participation and feedback for developing our bilateral relationship in the years to come.
Hoping to meet you soon,