Ocean view and rainbow

France, the oceans and seabed mining

Pacific leaders have joined a major oceans summit hosted by the French government in the port city of Brest, addressing climate change, illegal fishing, ocean acidification and plastics pollution.

New Caledonia referendum ballots

What comes next in New Caledonia?

By Nic Maclellan New Caledonia’s third referendum on self-determination under the Noumea Accord has returned an overwhelming majority against independence: 96.5% of

Macron in Marquesas July 2021

France expands Pacific reach

The French government is expanding its engagement with Pacific Island nations, following the fifth France-Oceania summit, a visit by President Emmanuel Macron to French Polynesia, and increased support by France and the European Union for the Pacific Community (SPC) and other regional organisations.

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