Australia – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (March 1 to 3, 2017) [fr]
Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, visited Australia from March 1 to 3.
He met with Australian Prime Minister The Honorable Malcolm Turnbull MP and his counterpart, The Honorable Julie Bishop MP, with whom he signed a declaration on strengthening the strategic partnership between our two countries.
He also met with Minister for Trade and Tourism The Honorable Steven Ciobo MP.
In Sydney, Jean-Marc Ayrault opened a business forum aimed at bringing together French and Australian firms and spoke about environmental and climate issues at the University of New South Wales. He presented French expertise in innovation at the launch of the “Creative France” 2017 agenda and visited the offices of Neoen a French firm specialising in renewable energy. He also gave a speech at the Lowy Institute, Australia’s leading think tank, about how Australia and France, which are neighbors in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, should address global challenges.
In Canberra, Jean-Marc Ayrault underscored the importance of the French-Australian scientific partnership at the signing of an agreement between the Australian National University and Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University; he hosted the launch of the “Science and Innovation” joint action plan.
In Melbourne, Jean-Marc Ayrault bestowed the Legion of Honor upon Australian veterans of World War II, thereby paying tribute to the Australian soldiers who died fighting for the liberation of France during the two world wars, a shared memory that binds us to Australia. He concluded his trip with a visit to the Alliance française, where he stressed the importance of culture and people to people exchanges when he met with young French people living in Australia.
Jean-Marc Ayrault was accompanied by a large business delegation , led by Guillaume Pepy, in his capacity as Chairman of the France-Australia Business Council of MEDEF International, as well as his Special Representative for relations with Australia, Ross McInnes.
You can find a selection of his speeches below: