The traditional term chancery refers to the place where the official seal was kept. Thus, for centuries, the diplomatic chancery has been the department that assists the Ambassador in his functions as the official representative of the Head of State and the French public authorities.
The Deputy Chief of Mission assists and stands in for the Ambassador in the exercise of his duties. When the Ambassador is absent, he acts on his behalf as the “Chargé d’Affaires.”
Each of the Chancery’s counselors deals with a particular category of issues connected with the conduct of French foreign policy. They prepare papers for the Ambassador, inform Paris of developments taking place in their respective spheres, emphasize France’s positions, and work with Bahraini authorities to promote common French-Bahraini objectives. They carry out their mission largely thanks to close cooperation with other Embassy Departments.