France in the Indo-Pacific: a credible strategy in the making?

A few days before President Emmanuel Macron's trip to Japan and French Polynesia in July 2021, the French government published its "Indo-Pacific Strategy". This 66-page document is without an equivalent in Europe and confirms France as being at the forefront of conceptualising and implementing its own strategy in this region. Following the creation of the position of Ambassador for the Indo-Pacific in September 2020, (filled by the former Ambassador to Malaysia and Australia, to better coordinate the actions of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and more broadly, the government) this document further affirms France's commitment to the region. Yet, if France is the European country with the most accomplished strategy, it is also perhaps the one with the most misunderstood one.

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