Disarmament and non-proliferation
"For the first time, the international community has a legally binding instrument to regulate the arms trade. This is a major step forward for international humanitarian law and human rights, which are at the heart of the criteria that the states parties undertake to respect in order to regulate the transfer of arms through their national control systems."
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:
working towards a safer world;
developing friendly relations between States;
forestalling threats to peace;
respecting the right of legitimate self-defence;
opting out of the arms race;
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)
- 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)
- Postponement of the 2012 Conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction (26.11.12)
- Negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty - ATT (01.08.12)
- Diplomatic Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (03-27.07.12)
- Nuclear Security Summit (Seoul, 26-28.03.12)
- Arms Trade Treaty (08.03.11)