France and Tonga

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France has had good relations with the Kingdom of Tonga since the 19ᵗʰ century, with a treaty of friendship signed in 1855.

Cooperation between France and Tonga is supported by the Pacific Fund, a cooperation fund funded by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to support regional projects involving French Pacific communities. In 2017, projects for the prevention of non-communicable diseases (€80,500), for increasing renewable energy capacities (€18,000), for training in French as a foreign language (€40,000) and to tackle the impact of climate change on the great whales of the Pacific (€40,000). In 2016, moreover, New Caledonia received a delegation from Tonga led by the Deputy Prime Minister on the theme of renewable energy, in the framework of the implementation of a new strategic action plan on energy (2010-2020) aimed at bringing about a significant increase (50%) in the share of renewable energy sources (in 2000, 98% of Tonga’s energy supply was provided using imported fossil fuels).

The Armed Forces of New Caledonia have long-standing, intense military cooperation with Tonga’s armed forces.

French is taught at the country’s main school, Tonga High School, with support from the French diplomatic post and the Government of New Caledonia.

Under the France, Australia and New Zealand (FRANZ) Agreement to coordinate disaster reconnaissance relief, Tonga received humanitarian assistance from France following the October 2009 tsunami and Cyclone Ian in January 2014.

Updated: 8 June 2017

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