New Zealand Embassy Paris, France

Defence Relations

NZDF colour party at Bastille Day parade 2014

Defence cooperation is an important element of the bilateral relationship between France and New Zealand, with cooperation between the New Zealand Defence Force and the New Caledonian Armed Forces (FANC) the backbone of the defence relationship between the two countries. In May 2014, New Zealand signed a Status of Forces Agreement with France to further facilitate defence cooperation, particularly in the Pacific. New Zealand also increased customs cooperation with France with a focus on joint information-sharing to track and combat transnational crime in the Pacific. Although cooperation, at its highest level in years, is primarily centred on the South Pacific region, it has also occurred in other theatres, such as during peacekeeping operations in Bosnia, Somalia, East Timor and Afghanistan.


Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2015-16

United Nations Handbook

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Prime Minister's media release |

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NZ, France and the World Wars

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The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

News about how the donations are contributing to the rebuild, ways to donate and more.