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Arms Trade Treaty – Entry into force (December 24, 2014)

The entry into force of the treaty is a historic step, marking the culmination of a long process aimed at effectively regulating the legal arms trade and strengthening the fight against illicit trafficking.

As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and as a nuclear-weapon state as defined in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), France has a special responsibility for maintaining and strengthening international peace and security.

France’s actions on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament reflect this twofold responsibility, and are guided by certain unchanging principles:

puceoupas working towards a safer world;
puceoupas developing friendly relations between States;
puceoupas forestalling threats to peace;
puceoupas respecting the right of legitimate self-defence;
puceoupas opting out of the arms race;
puceoupas moving towards general and complete disarmament.

France pursues its aim by means of multilateral approaches, normative regimes and, where necessary, informal initiatives.

France supports the international organisations responsible for establishing international verification mechanisms, and plays a part in confidence and security building measures designed to ensure stability and transparency within the international community.

Finally, France is constantly alert to any changes to the international security situation and to the strategic context, to which it responds by seeking the widest possible international solidarity.

Updated : 02.13

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