A year ago, the hostilities that had broken out in Nagorno-Karabakh between April 2 and 5, to the grief of the people of the region, were suspended. As co-chair of the Minsk Group, France worked actively with its Russian and American partners to end the fighting and resume negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
France is committed to the principle of national independence and mindful of the need to protect its interests in the world and uphold democratic values. It pays special attention to its defence policy and has constantly adapted it to changing threats and developments in the international environment.
The strategic situation has changed radically. There has been a lasting deterioration in the international situation with greater unpredictability, a very substantial aggravation of risks stemming from the continuing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and a shift in the scale of terrorist threats. Europe’s defence policy has developed with France’s active support and implies a greater commitment to building up European military capabilities.