The admiral Guillaud, the Army Chief of Staff, has received his Australian counterpart general Hurley in Paris on January 20, 2012.
This meeting was an opportunity to discuss about military cooperation between the two countries, as well as operations in which both Australian and French armies are involved, such as Afghanistan.
On Behalf of the President of the French Republic, admiral Guillaud presented the insignia of Officer of the Legion of Honour to general Hurley. Australia is the first contributor, outside NATO, to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Bilateral relations between France and Australia have long been friendly. The presence of French forces in New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean and in the Indian Ocean increases the opportunity of contacts between the two country. Those contacts are materialized through joint trainings, fisheries monitoring and humanitarian aid missions.
General Hurley (left) and admiral Guillaud. (Photos crédit: Ministère de la Défense et des anciens Combattants)