Date: Dec 07, 2021
Reflecting on France’s Indo-Pacific Strategy

The session aims to highlight on the French interest in the Indo-Pacific region as the French territories in the Indo-Pacific span 11.7 million square kilometres while accounting for 93 per cent of its Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). Furthermore, the Overseas French territories are also home to 1.5 million French nationals. The Indo-Pacific region has become a priority for France as it promotes a stable and multipolar order based on the rule of law and free movement combined with fair and efficient multilateralism in the region. France also aims to strengthen its relations with the regional organisations such as ASEAN, IORA, the Pacific Community (SPC) to contribute towards the development of multilateralism. The session further builds on the contemporary developments in the Indo-Pacific and analyses the role of other regional actors and their relationship with France to effectively foster multilateralism in the region. This session will explore this theme of France in the Indo-Pacific and its vision to promote multipolar order in the region to provide opportunity for both France and the European Union.


12:00 – 12:05 p.m. | Opening Remarks | Harsh V. Pant

12:05 – 12:20 p.m. | Interventions | HE Emmanuel Lenain

12:20 – 12:30 p.m. | Interventions | Mohan Kumar

12:30 – 12:40 p.m. | Interventions | Indrani Bagchi

12:40 – 12:45 p.m. | Discussion

12:45 – 12:55 p.m. | Q&A

12:55 – 1:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks | Harsh V. Pant