Australia–France relations - Wikipedia
Leaders agreed to launch the Australia-France initiative (AFiniti) to support the vision of the bilateral relationship and establish a lasting and. Australia-France relationship. The website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides you with information about the Australia-France relationship: . When French President Emmanuel Macron visits Australia this week for talks with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other ministers, it will be.
Institutional links are encouraged within the framework of the Australia—France Agreement on Cultural and Scientific Cooperation. The Australian Embassy in Paris administers the Australia—France Foundation, which promotes cultural exchanges between the two countries and publishes a quarterly newsletter 'L'Australie en France' promoting Australian activities in France. 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.
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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. The Agreement will facilitate our work together in coalition operations, exercises, and other activities, such as regional humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Australia and France regularly participate in combined force training exercises, particularly in the Pacific and Southern Oceans, including for emergency and disaster relief and operations against illegal fishing.
The agreement entered into force on 5 May The Australian and French Government also signed an agreement to improve the sharing of classified information between the two countries and to strengthen existing protections.
The agreement was a significant milestone in the development of a strategic partnership between France and Australia, and directly supports delivery of the FSP. Australia and France have developed a good working relationship in the counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism fields, including as founding members of the Proliferation Security Initiative to combat the trafficking in weapons of mass destruction. France is a valuable partner in these areas, with significant expertise and experience in combating terrorism, prosecuting terrorists and dealing with returning foreign fighters and radicalised lone actors.
As the fifth largest contributor to the UN, and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, France's positive approach to reform of the Security Council is important. Australia is working with France on cyber security on the development of norms for responsible behaviour by states in cyberspace.
We are working to establish rules and to strengthen global responses when states disregard those rules. These efforts seek to maintain an open, free and secure cyberspace as an environment for international cooperation and mutual benefit. World War commemorations The legacy of Australian involvement on French soil in the First and Second World Wars plays an important role in the bilateral relationship.
Each year many Australians travel to the Western Front to participate in commemorative activities and visit the grave sites. The Government's decision in to hold an annual Anzac Day dawn service at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux has furthered interest. Joint commemorative activities, such as the annual Anzac Day ceremonies at Villers-Bretonneux and Bullecourt, continue to be important elements of our bilateral engagement.
The Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front includes seven key sites developed in France and Belgium in partnership with local authorities as part of the Centenary.
The trail honours the courage and sacrifice of more thanAustralians who served on the Western Front. Bilateral trade and investment There are substantial trade and investment links between Australia and France. Over French companies operate in Australia employing approximately 60, people.
As the FSP progresses, there will likely be further investment opportunities for French companies in Australia.
The Australian Government is committed to securing a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU, of which France is a member. Both the EU and Australia are currently undertaking preparations before negotiations commence. The arts Australia and France have a dynamic relationship in all fields of the arts, with Australian artists enthusiastic to work within the French cultural tradition, and many French counterparts keen to explore Australia's vibrant culture.
The exhibition opened in at the South Australian Maritime Museum, and will continue touring Australia until Education and other people-to-people links Australia and France people-to-people links in the area of education continue to grow. InFrance was the fifth largest source of international students from Europe studying in Australian universities, English language colleges and vocational education and training institutes.
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.
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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. Cyber cooperation As dependence on global information and communication technology networks increases, the potential damage of disruption caused by malicious cyber activities, whether by state actors or their proxies, criminal networks, or terrorists, is significant and growing.
Like many countries, Australia and France are concerned by the increased willingness of states and non-state actors to pursue their objectives by undertaking malicious cyber activities contrary to international law and norms. The international rules-based order must be upheld online, just as it is offline. Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to an open, free and secure cyberspace underpinned by an international stability framework based on the application of existing international law, agreed voluntary norms of responsible state behaviour, confidence building measures, supported by cyber capacity building.
Australia and France reaffirmed that existing international law applies to states' activities in cyberspace, including the law regarding the use of force, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international law regarding state responsibility.
We reaffirm that the UN Charter applies in its entirety to states' activities in cyberspace. We will continue to promote operationalisation of norms of responsible state behaviour recommended in the report of the UN Group of Governmental Experts on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security.
We draw particular attention to the norm prohibiting the use of cyber tools to intentionally damage or impair the use and operation of critical infrastructure during peacetime. We reiterate states' obligation to respond to appropriate requests to mitigate malicious cyber activity aimed at the critical infrastructure of another state emanating from their territory.
Leaders welcomed the signing of an agreement to enhance cooperation between the respective operational agencies in charge of cyber security. Given the importance both countries attach to effective responses to significant cyber incidents, they agreed to look at ways to improve immediate sharing of information and to work together on effective cyber incident responses. They also agreed to work closely in international fora to advocate for stronger global responses to cyber challenges.
Just as cyber challenges are global, so too must our responses be. Leaders agreed to work together to facilitate stronger coordinated global action to discourage and respond to cyber incidents that cause significant harm.
They committed to cooperating to preserve a peaceful and stable online environment that drives economic growth, promotes international stability and protects national security.
Leaders recognised that it is not just state actors that are pushing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour in cyberspace. The Internet is increasingly being used for malicious purposes by terrorists, child abusers and criminal groups. As agreed at the G20, the laws that apply offline should apply online.
We are committed to ensuring frameworks are in place to keep the public safe while also upholding rights and fundamental freedoms.