New Zealand Embassy Paris, France
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.