Disarmament and non-proliferation
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
In this section
- France and the control of sensitive exports
- Responsible development of peaceful uses of nuclear energy
- Control of sensitive dual-use goods and technologies
- Regulation of the arms trade
- Export controls on war materiel
- France and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery
- France's international action
- The nuclear non-proliferation regime
- Non-proliferation of biological weapons
- Non-proliferation of chemical weapons
- Control of ballistic missile proliferation
- The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)
- Arms Trade Treaty – Entry into force (24.12.14)
- Arms Trade Treaty – Entry into force (26.09.14)
- Decision by the United States to cease the production and acquisition of antipersonnel mines (27.06.14)
- Anti-personnel landmines - Review Conference of the Ottawa Convention, (23-27.06.14)
- Disarmament – Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems in Geneva (13-16.05.14)
- Nuclear-weapon-free zones – Signing by France of the protocol to the Semipalatinsk Treaty (06.05.14)
- Arms Trade Treaty – Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (02.04.2014)
- Deposit of instruments of ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty - Joint Press Communiqué (02.04.14)
- France to ratify Arms Trade Treaty (13.12.13)
- Biological Weapons Convention (04-06.12.13)
- Arms Trade Treaty (25.09.13)
- Nuclear arsenals – United States – Russia (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 20.06.13)
- Signing of the Arms Trade Treaty by France - Statement issued by Laurent Fabius (03.06.13)
- Adoption by the UN General Assembly of an arms trade treaty (02.04.13)
- Lack of consensus at the Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (29.03.13)
- Opening of the Final Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (18-28.03.13)
- Meeting between Laurent Fabius and non-governmental organizations on the arms trade treaty (12.03.13)