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French East India Company

Like othe European nations French also desirous of trading with India and tried its luck.

In 1611 King Louis II granted permission to a company for eastern trade. But it is failed.

In 1667, a new company was started under the guidance of Colbert and the King Louis XIV.

French established its first factory at Surat in 1667.

Francis Caron was appointed as Director General.

Another factory was established in December 1669 at Masulipatnam.

In 1672 Francis Caron was called back and Francis Martin was appointed in his place.

Martin was the real founder of French company in India.

He set up the settlement of Pondicherry and make it the premier settlement of the French.

In 1693 French lost Pondicherry to Dutch but it was restored to the French in 1697, by the treaty of Ryswick.

Martin died in 1706.

The other French settlements were: Balasore, Chandranagar, Qasim Bazar, Mahe and Karaikal