The following year, de Fouchier visited Dubai and was received by the Ruler, H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. It was during this trip, on Saturday 15 March, that the Paribas President inaugurated the Muscat branch.

H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, Emir of Sharjah, visits Paribas headquarters

In March 1974, the Ruler of Sharjah, H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, made an official visit to Paris, accompanied by several of his ministers. During this visit, de Fouchier invited the Emir to a lunch at Paribas, which was also attended by numerous heads of French companies that were involved in the Gulf or interested in becoming active in the region.

BNP President Pierre Ledoux in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

BNP President Pierre Ledoux visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in February 1976, and whilst in Jeddah, took part in a meeting of the Board of Directors of the International and Arab Investment Bank. During his visit, he also met with the Kingdom s financial authorities, and representatives of the leading banks. The aim of this trip was to allow BNP to draw up agreements with the Saudi banks in order to facilitate French company exports of heavy equipment.

H.H. Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Emir of Bahrain, makes an official visit to France, 1976

In March 1976, H.H. Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Emir of Bahrain paid an official visit to France and was received by the President of the Republic, Valéry Giscard d Estaing. Paribas President Jacques de Fouchier was invited to the official dinner in honour of the Emir at the Elysée Palace, the official Presidential residence. The Bank s Advisor for International Affairs, Claude de Kémoularia met the Emir and members of his delegation the following day.

Jacques de Fouchier and Pierre Moussa in the Gulf, January 1978

Jacques de Fouchier and Pierre Moussa visited the Gulf from 13 to 17 January 1978. The President and his General Manager had an audience with the Emir of Bahrain during this visit and met regulators. Whilst in the Gulf they were also received by the Sultan of Oman, H.M. Qaboos bin Said Al Said.

H.R.H. SHEIKH ISA BIN SALMAN AL KHALIFA, EMIR OF BAHRAIN,

MEETS FRENCH PRESIDENT VALÉRY GISCARD D ESTAING,

PARIS, 7 MARCH 1976 (GULF WEEKLY)

H.R.H. SHEIKH ISA BIN SALMAN AL KHALIFA, EMIR OF BAHRAIN,

WELCOMED AT PARIS AIRPORT BY VALÉRY GISCARD D ESTAING,

PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC, AND JACQUES CHIRAC,

PRIME MINISTER, 3 MARCH 1976 (AKHBAR AL KHALEEJ)

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