France’s Defence Strategy in the Indo-Pacific area [fr]
On the occasion of the 18th edition of the Shangri-La Dialogue, organized every year by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore, Mrs Florence Parly, French Minister of Defence, has presented the French Defence policy in the Indo-Pacific: “France and security in the Indo-Pacific”. The 2019 edition shows France’s long-term and unremitting commitment to developing useful links and joint actions in favour of our shared security.
Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, participated on June 1, 2019 in the Shangri-La Dialogue, an international conference devoted to security and defense in the Indo-Pacific, which brings together political and military authorities of about fifty countries every year. She presented the French defense strategy in the Indo-Pacific, which is a straight continuation of the speech given on 2 May 2018 by Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, in Garden Island (Australia).
This area extends from the eastern coast of Africa to the western coast of the Americas, covering the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. France is a sovereign power of the Indo-Pacific region, where it brings a significant contribution to peace and security. The region is of strategic interest to France, with nearly 1.6 million nationals and 200,000 expatriates, 7 regions and overseas territories, territories hosting several permanent military bases and major economic interests in the area, which represents 9 of the 11 million square km of its exclusive economic zone. It is also an area directly affected by climate change issues: sea-level rise, natural disasters. France, which has the world’s second largest Economic Exclusive Zone, sees climatic issues as a priority as much for its citizens’ protection than for marine ecosystems’ protection.
In an evolving geostrategic environment, France aims to fully contribute to the strategic stability of the indo-pacific area by reaffirming the importance of multilateral dialogue, the role of the institutions and collective security organs and the central importance of the respect of international law.
Click to read the speech of Florence Parly in Singapore.