France and Tuvalu
France and Tuvalu’s bilateral relationship is based on the geographical and cultural proximity with Wallis and Futuna and is also apparent in the event of natural disasters (emergency assistance sent following catastrophic flooding caused by cyclone Pam in March 2015).
Climate issues have also brought France and Tuvalu closer together. Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga visited Paris for the Fourth France-Oceania Summit in late 2015 and Nouméa for the high-level dialogue on climate change chaired by the French President at the headquarters of the Pacific Community. He returned in May 2018 for the second high-level dialogue, which was held in the presence of the French President.
A delegation from the Senate friendship group with the Pacific islands, led by the group’s chair, Ms Catherine Procaccia, visited Tuvalu from 13 to 15 September 2016.
Updated: March 2019