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Jakarta Post

What France wishes to do in the Indo-Pacific

  • Olivier Chambard

    Ambassador of France to Indonesia

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 26 2019   /  01:36 am

As President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed at Reunion Island on Oct. 23 in his speech setting out the French strategy in the Indo-Pacific, the French Republic is an Indo-Pacific country.In this space where we can see the emergence of a continuum of crises, tensions and trafficking, France feels fully committed and intends more than ever to act in close cooperation with all its partners — those who share its values, who support multilateralism and law-based international order, and work toward a safer world, based on inclusive global governance — to address the multiple and common challenges that our country and ASEAN members face.For France, the Indo-Pacific is a geographic, human, strategic and economic reality because of its presence in the two oceans with its five overseas territories — New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Reunion Island and Mayotte.More than 1.5 mil...