France and the Cook Islands


Our relations with the Cook Islands have been developing gradually since they were established in 2000. The close geographical location and close cultural and human relationships with French Polynesia foster contacts between the two archipelagos. It is important to point out the recent increase in bilateral cooperation between the Cook Islands and New Caledonia especially through the twinning of their marine protected areas. Some 80 French citizens live on the Cook Islands.

On 17 November 2014, Henry Puna participated in the High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change between President Hollande and Pacific Island leaders, held at the headquarters of the South Pacific Community in Nouméa; Mr Puna met with the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on the sidelines of this event.

Mr Puna also attended the Fourth France-Oceania Summit held in Paris on 26 November 2015 attended by President Hollande, and the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in December 2015.

Updated: 8 June 2017