France and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery

France’s international action

Preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery is a priority for France, both nationally and internationally, pursued through three main lines of action:

  • responding firmly to proliferation crises;
  • reinforcing international non-proliferation mechanisms;
  • greater concrete efforts to prevent and curb proliferation.

With all due respect for the exclusive role of the United Nations Security Council in maintaining international peace and security, France’s initiatives in this area cover:

  • mobilising the resources at France’s disposal to reach a settlement in the event of a proliferation crisis;
  • actions channelled through multilateral mechanisms and constant support for efforts to implement and, where necessary, reinforce multilateral treaties and agreements on non-proliferation and disarmament (NPT, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Biological Weapons Convention, the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation, definition of a European Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction);
  • participation in suppliers’ regimes, which make an important contribution to achieving the goals set out in the treaties;
  • assistance, as needed, with disarmament and non-proliferation. France makes technical, financial and/or human resources available to States that have decided to disarm;
  • active involvement in informal initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community as a whole;
  • adoption of national legislation and appropriate means of control to ensure that technologies and materials are not misapplied for the purposes of proliferation.