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France and New Zealand

Political relations

The meeting in Paris on 16 April 2018 between the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern led to the adoption of a joint declaration that marked the strengthening of our cooperation for better global governance, focusing on major topics such as the fight against climate change and the promotion of multilateralism.

On 15 May 2019, Ms Ardern and the President of the Republic launched the Christchurch Call, also in Paris, following the attacks in Christchurch, and aiming to fight against the use of social media for terrorist or violent extremist content. This call is a new and remarkable common focus.

Bilateral relations continue to grow stronger, benefiting the whole of Oceania. The most recent political-military consultations were held in February 2020 in Wellington. Our armies cooperate on a regular basis particularly under the FRANZ (France, Australia, New Zealand) Agreement during emergency and humanitarian interventions in the event of natural disasters in the region. Our cooperation is also embodied by the Quadrilateral Defence Coordination Group (Pacific QUAD, with Australia and the United States), which primarily seeks to ensure maritime security in close cooperation with the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).

French presence

Approximately 5,000 French nationals are registered on the consular list, and more than 10,000 young French people acquire a working holiday visa each year.
The New-Zealander community in France is estimated at 1,400.

Visits

French visits to New Zealand

  • October 2018: Visit of the France-New-Zealand Friendship Group at the French Senate;
  • April 2018: Visit by Ms Geneviève Darieussecq, Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance to Wellington;
  • May 2016: Visit by Manuel Valls, Prime Minister, to Wellington;

New Zealand visits to France

  • May 2019: Visit by Ms Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, to Paris for the launch of the Christchurch Call;
  • November 2018: - Visit by Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand, to Le Quesnoy (59) for the commemoration of the centenary of World War I;
  • Participation of Mr Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, at the first Paris Peace Forum;
  • April 2018: Visit by Ms Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, to Paris
  • July 2016: Visit by Mr John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, to Paris

Ambassadors

Ambassador of France to New Zealand: Her Excellency Sylvaine Carta-Le Vert- Twitter: @AmbafranceNZ

Ambassador of New Zealand in France: Her Excellency Ms Jane Coombs - Twitter: @janeecoombs

Economic relations

Bilateral trade remains dependent on the aviation sector, averaging around €900 million for the past 10 years, with a trade surplus for France (€90 million in 2018). France exports transport equipment and industrial and agricultural equipment to New Zealand, and imports agrifood and agricultural industry products.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Cooperation between our two countries is focused on higher education and scientific research, French language teaching (it is the leading foreign language taught in the New Zealand school system, with 47,000 students) and in the cultural and educational industries.

Research in the Pacific, on specific regional issues, is also encouraged via the Pacific Fund, which contributes each year to financing two to four projects between New Zealand and French communities of the Pacific, thereby strengthening their regional integration.

Updated: 19 June 2020