The French Connection is a European-centric, single-vendor darknet shop run by one team as opposed to a full-fledged darknet marketplace that hosts many third-party merchants. With that said, the shop, which specializes in a variety of drug products, has been around for several years and has proven generally reliable to date, even if it doesn’t boast the same breadth of listings as larger, multi-vendor darknet marketplaces. Notably, the site has reportedly facilitated more than 20,000 sales to date.
The French Connection’s user interface is simple and nearly colorless, but in that same vein it’s also easy to navigate. The platform has been designed so that user registrations are required, but that process is free and straightforward. In the shop itself, no categories are supported beyond drug offerings, which typically include things like heroin, cocaine, and MDMA products. It’s also worth noting that the site isn’t big on refunds, so if you have a problem with your order and it’s not the shop’s fault, you’ll likely be out of luck. Cases of reshipping aren’t of the question, but they’re apparently highly unlikely.
The French Connection offers the darknet basics like PGP communications, but that’s about it. As such, it’s not exactly a feature-rich shop.
On the privacy front, one security weakness with the French Connection is that the shop only supports Bitcoin, which is typically pseudonymous at best. The Bitcoin-only model is typical on the darknet, but it’s far from the most private since it’s not fully anonymous. Accordingly, the French Connection shop would be more attractive for security diehards if privacy coins like Monero (XMR) were also accepted.
The French Connection doesn’t ship to the U.S., so something to keep in mind is that its primary customers are in Europe and its secondary customers are in Asia.