France, don't rule the seas


Stay in Paris, monsieur

As you know, historically, Britain was supposed to rule the seas. So it is said: “Rule, Britain, the seas! - Rule, Britannia! " France, with all its great rulers, starting either from Napoleon, or, in general, from Louis XIV, had to constantly lose overseas territories.

However, until now, under its control, direct or indirect, a lot remains almost on all oceans. So, in general, under the jurisdiction of Paris, moreover, from very ancient times, up to five republics and two empires - about a third of the entire Pacific area.

At the end of July 2021, French President Emmanuel Macron visited the Pacific French Polynesia. His semi-official visit was aimed not only at settling the consequences of the Paris nuclear tests in this department of France, carried out over a quarter of the last century - in the 60s - 80s.

The current head of the Fifth Republic is impatient to break out into the leaders of the European Union, which is connected with Brexit and with the departure of the long-term German Chancellor Angela Merkel from the big political scene. From this point of view, the local task of strengthening the French positions in the Pacific region is acquiring noticeable features of globalization.

E. Macron is clearly preparing the formation of a kind of interregional "pro-French" community, alternative to the "Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation" (APEC), in which France is not allowed to this day ... And this, despite the fact that France has almost half of all islands in the South and Central Pacific.

But the growing military and political activity of France in the Pacific is due not only to this fact. But also the fact that it is the large French territories in this basin - French Polynesia and New Caledonia - that have long been included in the list of non-self-governing territories compiled by the UN.

It is characteristic that other overseas territories of Paris are somewhere outside this list. Back in the 1960s, General de Gaulle, long-term president of post-war France, proposed creating an association of the Pacific countries, with the participation of all countries of such a vast region.

Moreover, it was proposed, within the framework of such an association, the official recognition of the inviolability of land and sea borders by all countries of the region. Which, of course, would initially make the territorial claims of Japan to a number of islands of the USSR-Russia (South Kuriles), China (Daoyu Dao), Korea (Dokdo) illegitimate.

But the United States and its regional allies (Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan), for obvious reasons, initially obstructed this project. And then, by the end of the 80s, they initiated the creation of APEC (1989), outside of which not only "Pacific" France remains to this day.

Others were cheated too ...

In addition to powerful France, all the island countries of the basin, Cambodia, Laos (by the way, the former protectorates of Paris), the Republic of East Timor are still outside APEC. Outside APEC and located on the east coast of the Pacific Ocean are Central American Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, South American Colombia, Ecuador.

The presence of Panama is especially characteristic in this list of "refuseniks", although it is the Panama Canal that connects the Atlantic with the Pacific Ocean ... It is also characteristic that the USSR was never admitted to APEC, and Russia was "admitted" to this structure only in 1998.

Several years ago, Paris supported the proposals of all eleven island countries in the region on the desirability of including all Pacific countries in APEC. But these initiatives continue to lack support in the United States and its regional allies.

This is happening, which is not even worth doubting, because of fears that the accession of the island and other mentioned countries to APEC, including France, can shake the foreign policy and foreign economic "monopoly" of the United States in the Pacific basin.

Strengthening the position of Paris in the region was facilitated by the results of the referendum in French New Caledonia in October 2020, where the majority of the population spoke out in favor of maintaining the French status of this archipelago. Moreover, despite the long-standing support of anti-French separatism, not only here, but also in other foreign territories of Paris (France does not scatter its fragments).

Experienced Signal

The claims of Emmanuel Macron for the role of the new Napoleon or De Gaulle, even among the majority of the French, cause nothing but irony. Nevertheless, his visit to French Polynesia, according to many experts, is a kind of "signal" from Paris about the resuscitation of the above-mentioned De Gaulle Pacific project.

More precisely, in the current situation we are talking about a project of a regional political and economic bloc, which includes France with its Pacific territories and all other countries of the region that are not participating in APEC. In this regard, the growing activity of the Fifth Republic in the region was noted, for example, on March 4, 2021, by the Japanese "Nihon Keizai" (Tokyo):

France, don't rule the seas

“The actions of France are especially noticeable in the Pacific region, which has territories such as, for example, New Caledonia in the South Pacific. Where thousands of soldiers, ships and planes are stationed. On February 8, France sent an offensive nuclear submarine into the South China Sea.

And already at the end of June, Heifar-Wake, large-scale military maneuvers of France, were held in the Pacific Basin. Moreover, these were the maneuvers of the Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace (French air and space forces). According to AirCargoNews dated June 21, 2021, these exercises showed that Paris

"Has demonstrated the ability to use his troops quickly in the Pacific." In particular, "at least 20 Rafale multipurpose combat aircraft can be airlifted from France to this region in just 48 hours."

Where is Pacific and where is the Indian Ocean

Confirmation of Paris' Pacific ambitions is the fact that a similar block plan of France is already being implemented in the Indian Ocean basin. Recall, again, historically France made its way to Asia, especially Southeast, rather through the Indian Ocean.
And in the spring of 1984, at the initiative of France, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) was established. It includes three French island territories in the southwestern sector of this basin (Mayotte, Reunion, Eparse), ex-French Madagascar, the Republic of the Comoros, as well as Mauritius and the Republic of the Seychelles.

Nowadays, it is planned to enter in the coming years into this political and economic bloc of the "French Southern Territory" (Kerguelen Islands, Saint-Paul, Crozet, Amsterdam in the south of the Indian Ocean), Mozambique, the East African Republic of Djibouti (ex-French part of Somalia) ...

At the KIO conference in Saint-Denis (French Réunion) at the end of October 2019 on regional integration, E. Macron described the interoceanic plans of France as follows:

“... The Indo-Pacific is a space that today represents 22% of the world's wealth, and soon it will be 25%. The same area is at the center of all international trade flows. "

Accordingly, the policy of Paris is based on the fact that

"France is the Indo-Pacific maritime and island nation, the second maritime power in the world."

Therefore, the main task is, according to Macron,

“In more active participation of France in the Indo-Pacific integration processes. Paris will increase its military presence in the Indian Ocean basin, especially in Mayotte and Reunion. Including for the joint fight against piracy ”.

In the context of these statements, it is obvious that an alternative to APEC, a pro-French Pacific bloc, is planned to dock in some form with the Indian Ocean Commission.

The policy of ousting France from the region has been applied by Washington since the beginning of World War II. Thus, US President F.D. Roosevelt at the Cairo Conference (held on November 22-26, 1943 with the participation of Churchill and Chiang Kai-shek) noted that

"France ... will not receive the right to return to Indochina after the war ... France will not be able to restore its former forces in the region."

In early 1945, the United States occupied the French East Pacific Clipperton, but de Gaulle's readiness to go to a military conflict with Washington over Clipperton forced the Americans to evacuate this island. But all this did not prevent the Americans from using the military bases and economic resources of Pacific France both in the war and in the early post-war years.
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  1. +6
    11 August 2021 11: 09
    An interesting fact is the longest land border between France and Brazil, in French Guiana. Not the Indo-Pacific at all, but quite the Atlantic. It is the largest overseas region in France
    1. +6
      11 August 2021 12: 15
      Quote: Avior
      It is the largest overseas region in France

      And all overseas regions of France use, albeit to varying degrees, but the currency of France, the Colonial Franc. Escaping France is hard.
      1. +5
        11 August 2021 12: 50
        Quote: tihonmarine
        And all overseas regions of France use, albeit to varying degrees, but the currency of France, the Colonial Franc. Escaping France is hard.

        For a long time no one has been running, and they are trying to get there in the colonies by any means. Everyone looks at examples of what the former colonies have become (well, that's another story) and at those who stayed and joined the metropolis.
      2. +1
        27 September 2021 20: 45
        In Guiana and Tahiti, the euro is in circulation, not the colonial franc.
  2. +1
    11 August 2021 11: 51
    Let them knock out their teeth. Preferably with other "partners".
  3. +4
    11 August 2021 12: 00
    France maintains its presence in all regions of the world thanks to its overseas territories. And military bases in most French ex-colonies; controls their finances (thanks to the emission of African francs of two regional types). There is someone to learn and something ...
  4. -1
    11 August 2021 13: 50
    Quote: bandabas
    Let them knock out their teeth. Preferably with other "partners".

    Five comments, that's what I understand.
    Well, all normal people have everything as written - this is me about that,
    that "in the sweat of his brow." From day to day trotting to work (to the first),
    the modes of operation (one-two-shift) have long been forgotten. Everywhere now
    one mode - from light eighteen to twenty. There are elderly parents
    need care, help. And children / grandchildren - give me a laptop, give me a section. And the house -
    no matter the floors, so the plumbing. Loading what is physically, what is psychologically,
    ultimate, until I drop. Well, a little joy to your beloved is fishing
    there, picking mushrooms. But no - until midnight on the site. And what's there? About
    Maduro? Well, why do you want this trolleybus carrier? But no - and what
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    1. +1
      11 August 2021 14: 02
      I read your comment and did not understand what you want to say. Complete nonsense. Wake up, Kushka. No offense. hi
      1. 0
        11 August 2021 14: 34
        Yes, not Zhvanetsky, not even Galkin, not mine.
        And what hooked you (quote), by God, without a second thought.
        It's just that my VO is buggy - if I press "add", the window
        is given, but the keyboard does not work, and if I press "quote", then
        gives to write. So I grab any quote, don't blame me.
    2. 0
      11 August 2021 16: 28
      Quote: Kushka
      for mushrooms

      I am pleased to read your wonderful comment. winked The main thing is good agreement in your family. Do not chase .. Minimize worries for the most necessary-)) Mushrooms are good .. slowly .. and so that the forest is good -))
      1. 0
        11 August 2021 17: 00
        Thank you for the kind words. And then I was already sad,
        after criticizing "bandabas" a. Great Zhvanetsky
        was right - "you want to sleep-sleep, you want to write-
        check out "
        1. 0
          11 August 2021 19: 58
          It happens. This is normal. drinks
  5. 0
    12 August 2021 09: 15
    Only 2 countries in the world can build nuclear power plants today - Russia and France. Like the brazen Saxons, the Russian Federation also has a fleet with nuclear submarines and aircraft carrier ships. But, unlike us, France has a cosmodrome not far from the equator, and for the island territories - a foreign legion. Rule the seas, rule, and. seems to be reigning ...
  6. +1
    27 September 2021 20: 52
    Ironically, but France is able to produce any military equipment. The same Germany did not create its own military aircraft. French electronics are also quite at their best.
    And the fact that France under de Gaulle in just 2 years mastered nuclear and thermonuclear weapons, makes us think about the comparability of the super-efforts of the USSR and the normally organized work of the French Atomic Committee, headed by a physicist of a rather deserved, but not the very first magnitude. Moreover, France, the United States and Great Britain were not very much admitted to the secrets of nuclear weapons.
    That is, there is no need to write off France ahead of time.

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