Prime Minister Manuel Valls visits Canberra [fr]
On the occasion of his official visit to New-Caledonia and New-Zeland, Prime Minister Manuel Valls decided to come to Australia after the recent announcement by the Australian government to choose French company DCNS as the design partner for its 12 future submarines.
Manuel Valls, accompanied by the minster for OverseasFrance , George Pau-Langevin, met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop.
After their meeting, both Prime Ministers held a joint press conference where they talked about the submarine decision. "Those submarines are the best" declared Malcolm Turnbull, reminding that Australia is an "island country" which needs to have the best equipment. "The strategic relation between France and Australia is changing" according to Manuel Valls, adding that both of countries share "a long history that links our people and our destinies."
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- Transcription de la conférence de presse
The Prime Minister then came to the residence of France to thank the DCNS team and members of Team France Australia. Prime Minister Valls also signed the first copy of the Creative France Australia brochure - a campaign he himself launched in October 2015 in Tokyo.