Q. Which of the following was the first establishment of French in India?

[A] Surat

[B] Bombay

[C] Masulipatnam

[D] Cochin

Answer: A

Explanation: The French traders arrived in Madagascar (in Africa) in 1602. Though the French colonized Madagascar, they had to abandon it in 1674, excepting a small coastal trading post.

  • Berber, a French agent in India obtained a firman [a royal command or authorization] on September 4, 1666 from Aurangzeb and the first French factory was established at Surat in December 1668, much against the opposition of the Dutch.
  • Within a year the French established another factory at Masulipatnam.

Source: Tamil Nadu NCERT