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Australia – France selected for a submarine program – Statement by the minister of foreign affairs and international development (April 26, 2016)

I congratulate all those who took part in the preparation of the French proposal, in response to Australia’s call for tenders for its important submarine program.

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Political relations

Our political relations are excellent and based on a broad consensus on most global and international issues. They are now part of a French-Australian strategic partnership signed in January 2012, which paved the way for enhanced bilateral dialogue in many areas, such as politics, culture, economics and defence. Our cooperation in the Pacific is increasing. The French presence in Oceania (three overseas communities: New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna) is considered important for the stability of the region. Commemorative ceremonies for the Great War (2014-2018) will be key moments in our bilateral relationship. They will reiterate the huge contribution made by Australia alongside France during the First World War (300,000 Australians fought on the Western Front, with 45,000 of them losing their lives). The brotherhood of arms which was forged on the battlefields of Picardy and the Somme will be honoured.

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