The French post offices abroad
were a global network of post offices
in foreign countries established by France
to provide mail
service where the local services were deemed unsafe or unreliable. They were generally set up in cities with some sort of French commercial interest.
They started appearing in the early 19th century, reached their heyday at the beginning of the 20th century, then started closing down in the 1910s and 1920s, with the office at Kwangchou in China holding out until the 1940s.