French President Emmanuel Macron’s Visit to Australia 1-3 May 2018
Following Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s trip to France for ANZAC Day in April, French President Emmanuel Macron visited Sydney from 1-3 May 2018. He was accompanied by an important delegation comprising members of the government Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Agnès Buzyn, Minister of Solidarities and Health, Mr. Jean- Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Annick Giradin, Minister of Overseas, Sébastien Lecornu, Secretary of State Minister of State, Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition and Mrs. Geneviève Darrieussecq, Secretary of State to the Minister of the Armed Forces and representatives of the private sector. Among these were ABIE Corporate Members Hervé Guillou, President and CEO of Naval Group, Ross McInnes – Director of the Board of Safran, Special Representative of the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs for Australia, Thierry Mallet – Transdev Chairman and CEO and Alexis Morel – Managing Director of Thales Underwater Systems SAS. The full list of delegates can be found here.
President Macron and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signed several agreements on Wednesday signaling their willingness to build a “deeper partnership” between the two countries as part of a “new Indo-Pacific axis” said, President Macron.
Prime Minister Turnbull noted that both countries have “shared values” such as “democracy, freedom”.
The two leaders signed a bilateral agreement on the provision of mutual logistical support between the French armed forces and the Australian defense forces.
A cybersecurity agreement was also “signed up”, via a “letter of intent” aimed at strengthening cooperation between the National Agency for Security Information Systems (ANSSI) and the Australian Cyber Security Center (CCAA).
Messrs. Macron and Turnbull have also announced the establishment of joint initiatives on the fight against global warming, for “our common heritage, the Pacific,” said President Macron.
“President M and PM T also discussed the FTA and M. Macron expressed his support for the commencement of negotiations. He told reporters on Wednesday:
“Precisely because we have found the means and the solutions to the concerns we may have had, and we have a strong commitment with Australia.”
It was President Macron’s first trip to Australia, where he arrived at Sydney Airport at 6pm on Tuesday before proceeding to dinner hosted by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy. He was greeted by Mr and Mrs Turnbull at the foot of the Sydney Opera House steps where the trio watched the Badu Gili light show projected on the eastern Bennelong sail of the Opera House. President Macron hosted Prime Minister Turnbull at the Elysee Palace in Paris in 2017.