A lecture by His Excellency Mr Bernard Emié, Ambassador of France to the Court of St James’s.
Founder members of the Atlantic Alliance and Western European Union, Britain and France are actively working in close co-operation to maintain a strong transatlantic link, establish a European defence identity and thus pave the way for European security. Determined to maintain an effective, independent nuclear deterrent, both countries have signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. They are also party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and Chemical Weapons and Biological Weapons Conventions which, with the other major powers, they are helping to promote and get ratified.
Bilateral exercises, exchanges, training courses and high level visits across all Services continue to accelerate. Defence equipment co-operation is in good shape and both British and French defence ministries continue to promote efficient collaborative practice on defence procurement. In his lecture, Ambassador Emié will discuss the significance of France’s strategic and historic partnership with the UK; from regional stability, trade and investment to counter-terrorism and reform of global international systems.
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