2 Mar 2006

French minister makes official visit to Australia

2:11 pm on 2 March 2006

The French minister in charge of overseas territories, Francois Baroin, is to meet the Australian foreign minister, Alexander Downer, today during his two-day official visit.

Mr Baroin is expected to discuss bilateral issues and sign a tripartite declaration on maritime surveillance which also involves New Zealand.

The French minister will fly to New Caledonia tomorrow for a six-day visit.

Mr Baroin will return to the Pacific at the end of the month to visit French Polynesia.