France country brief - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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Our close-knit bond, forged on the battlefields of World War One, is stronger than ever as we embrace new opportunities and tackle global challenges. Our two countries have much in common.
We are vibrant and open democracies, resolutely committed to maintaining the multilateral rules-based order and promoting human rights and free, transparent and rules-based trade. The Leaders affirmed our shared economic values and commitment to work together to resist protectionism, uphold the rules of the global trading system and contribute to the expansion of world trade that supports sustainable development.
They agreed to strengthen their cooperation to address the current challenges facing the World Trade Organization, and its Dispute Settlement Body and promote reform with other trade partners and to enhance and better enforce the rules of the global trading system in order to eliminate trade distorting practices and foster a level playing field. Leaders agreed to work toward the swift launch of the negotiation of an Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement that would embody our commitment to open markets and a rules-based trading system with the World Trade Organization at its centre, while significantly strengthening our trade and investment ties for the benefits of both parties.
This free trade agreement shall promote high environmental, social and health standards in recognition of our shared multilateral commitments, including the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to implement the multilateral environmental agreements to which they are parties.
Inwe announced our partnership in developing Australia's Future Submarine Program over the next 50 years. From this, we envisage long-term strategic industrial cooperation, not only in the defence industry but across a range of economic sectors.
In recognition of our strong and growing trade and investment links, leaders agreed to establish an annual Australia-France ministerial dialogue on trade and investment to broaden and deepen economic linkages and cooperation, including with respect to the Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement and the Future Submarine Program. Both our countries are committed to the promotion of gender equality and women's empowerment in our national policies and international efforts. Australia and France will seek to identify opportunities to cooperate on advancing gender equality through our foreign policy and aid programs.
Australia and France share a strong commitment to addressing common threats to a peaceful, prosperous and rules-based global order, such as terrorism, violent extremism, cyber attacks, foreign interference, climate change, environmental degradation, trade protectionism and the erosion of the rule of law. Today we elevate our relationship to a new level by deepening and broadening cooperation.
Leaders agreed to launch the Australia-France initiative AFiniti to support the vision of the bilateral relationship and establish a lasting and prosperous relationship across all fields of human endeavour. Leaders instructed their foreign ministers to lead this endeavour in cooperation with other ministers to identify and implement initiatives that are innovative and cutting-edge.
Defence industry, science, technology, start-up ecosystems, space, trade and investment, environment, and cooperative maritime activities are some of the areas where our two countries will work together in partnership. The foreign ministers will oversee a report to leaders by the end of Defence Cooperation Reaffirming their mutual commitment to deepening bilateral defence cooperation, the two leaders note with satisfaction the strong and abiding engagement between our two nations in ensuring shared approaches to global security challenges and collaboration on key capabilities.
They also welcomed the partnership between Australia and France in developing Australia's Future Submarine Project with the aim of ensuring its successful implementation, and note the importance of concluding a sound and lasting Strategic Partnership Agreement SPA between the Commonwealth of Australia and Naval Group and binding intergovernmental social security agreement in the coming months.
The leaders welcomed the signature of the bilateral Agreement regarding the Provision of Mutual Logistics Support between the Australian Defence Force and the French Armed Forces aiming to enhance their interoperability. This agreement is symbolic of the strategic depth and maturity of relations between France and Australia in the field of defence.
Australia and France agreed to organise a defence industry symposium, under the stewardship of the Australian Minister for Defence Industry and French Minister for Armed Forces, respective Defence Departments and defence industry representatives to drive closer, mutually beneficial defence industry cooperation.
They agreed to work together on the development of an appropriately trained and skilled workforce to support their close collaboration in the Australian naval industry.
Indo-Pacific Cooperation The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. Both Australia and France share mutual interest in promoting adherence to international rules and norms, freedom of navigation and overflight, respect for the rights of all states, resilience to coercion, peaceful dispute resolution and open markets that facilitate the free flow of trade, capital and ideas across the region.
They committed to bolstering this engagement in the wider region by undertaking cooperative maritime activities in the Indo-Pacific in the years to come, including passage exercise opportunities with the Charles de Gaulle Carrier Group and Australian participation in Jeanne d'Arc Mission future deployments in the Indo-Pacific region The two leaders committed to strengthening the Indian Ocean region's architecture and enhance regional collaboration on shared security and other challenges.
They resolved in particular to cooperate closely and with likeminded partners to bolster regional maritime security. They agreed to involve other strategic partners more broadly in the growing cooperation between France and Australia in the Indo-Pacific, when and where appropriate, and are open to forming trilateral and other high-level dialogues to this end.
The two leaders welcomed the contribution made by the European Union on security issues, including in the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and the Pacific region. They called for deeper cooperation between the EU and Australia in this field, notably in the context of the Framework Agreement as well as the Framework Participation Agreement between Australia and the EU.
They welcomed the strong partnership shared in the Pacific, where we work closely to build regional security capacity and coordinate humanitarian and disaster relief operations. Recognising the increasing impact of destructive weather events in the Pacific, and their firm commitment to providing support and assistance to Pacific partners, the leaders welcomed the ongoing cooperation in response to humanitarian crises in the Pacific through the FRANZ Agreement.
Leaders agreed to improve coordination of assistance, including through strengthening integrated civil-military responses, and align international response efforts behind the leadership of Pacific Governments. Antarctic and Southern Ocean cooperation The two leaders renewed their commitment to the Antarctic Treaty system and its role in guaranteeing freedom of scientific investigation, reserving Antarctica exclusively for peaceful purposes and the protection of its environment, including the prohibition of any activity relating to mineral resources, other than scientific research.
They welcomed the positive steps underway to strengthen our fisheries cooperative enforcement in the Southern Ocean and support the security of our respective territories in the area.
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The two leaders welcomed the significant logistical cooperation between the two countries in relation to Antarctica, including the supply of our respective Antarctic stations. They welcomed opportunities for future scientific and educational cooperation provided by the basing of the new French icebreaker L'Astrolabe in Tasmania. They also welcomed the extensive and continuing scientific cooperation between the two countries.
They welcomed possible further cooperation in the area of ice core research, with expected significant benefits for climate science.
Security and intelligence cooperation The two leaders underlined the deep and reciprocal trust between the two countries and recalled the importance of developing our partnerships on information exchange, cyber security, counter terrorism and countering foreign interference. The leaders reaffirmed their mutual determination, working with other partners, to defeat ISIL and Al Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations, and to promote peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa.
They recognised the common threat posed by terrorist groups to community cohesion, and discussed lessons that can be shared between our countries in countering terrorist propaganda, preventing and effectively responding to attacks and countering terrorism financing. Australia welcomed the convening by France of the "No money for terror" Conference held in Paris on April th Participating States and international organisations reaffirmed their strong commitment and identified actions to better fight financing of terrorism.
Australia will host the next conference in with the aim of limiting terrorist access to financing and preventing further terrorist attacks around the world. The two leaders expressed concern at the grave and ongoing threat to regional and global peace and security posed by North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
They reiterated their support for North Korea's complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation. They agreed to maintain maximum diplomatic and economic pressure until North Korea took genuine steps towards this end. The two leaders welcomed the historic inter-Korean summit and the forthcoming summit between the US and North Korea, and noted the 'Panmunjom Declaration' that commits to establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula, as a step towards the objective of denuclearisation.
They deplored the use of chemical weapons, including abhorrent attacks in Syria and the UK, which are in violation of international law, including the Chemical Weapons Convention. They condemned in the strongest possible terms the use of a nerve agent in the Salisbury attack, and confirmed their solidarity with the UK and the UK's assessment that it is highly likely the Russian Federation was responsible.
They agreed on the importance of upholding the norm prohibiting the use of chemical weapons and of holding perpetrators to account — including through the French-led International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons, which will next meet on Mayand of which Australia is a founding member. The leaders supported the continuation of the JCPoA nuclear agreement with Iran, while expressing concern about Iran's ballistic missile program and regional activities.
A permanent installation of works by eight Australian Indigenous artists commissioned by the Australian Government has been incorporated into the structure of one of the main buildings of the museum. Short-term visitors arriving in Australia from France since monthly.
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Tourist links between the two countries are significant, with overAustralians visiting France each year. Almost 98, visitor visas were granted to French nationals to visit Australia in —06, making France the 10th largest source of visitor visa grants, and 1, student visas were granted. A working holiday-maker agreement signed between the two countries in November makes it easier for young French and Australian people to spend time in each other's countries. In —06, 6, Australian working holiday visas were granted to French nationals, making France the 7th largest source of working holiday visitors, and were granted to Australians.
Australia and France have maritime borders between their territories. The locations of these boundaries were formalised through the Australia—France Marine Delimitation Agreement which came into effect on 10 January Meeting with Tony AbbottHollande reinforced the strong bonds forged between the two nations in both world wars, stating that "we will have an opportunity to recognise the sacrifice of Australian soldiers who came to save France twice, and we will never forget this.
Wine in Australia and Wine of France Some of France's strongest cultural influences on Australia have been in the fields of viticulture wine-making and cheese-making. In the field of painting, Australian impressionism was marginally influenced by the French movement. More significantly, Australian painters of the 19th century were influenced by the French en plein air practices. French music and chanson has had little influence on Australian music styles, despite the success of Australian musicians David Lewis a member of the Paris Combo and Tina Arena in France.
Likewise, Australian filmmakers have not readily adopted French cinematic styles such as nouvelle vague. French novelists have had little impact in Australia, partly due to delays in their works being translated.
Avante-garde movements like the nouveau roman were never popular in Australia. More often, 19th century authors such as Jules Verne and Victor Hugo have proven more popular. Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault have had a significant impact on cultural studies departments of Australian universities, albeit they are invariably filtered heavily through American and Jewish academic influences first. For instance, Derrida and Lacan's theories have been used in Australian universities' literature departments more often than they have in the academics' actual fields of study, most often with very eccentric results.
Public sentiment took a dive, however, in the s during the French nuclear testing in the Pacific on Moruroa. During this period, there was a boycott of French wines, French restaurants and other things associated with France, such as items on menus. There was also a union ban on mail to France.