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France and Australia: Together in a Time of Challenges and Uncertainties

19 April 2017


Allan Scott Auditorium
Hawke Building
City West Campus

Date Wednesday 19 April 2017
Time 6.00pm - 7.15pm
Venue Allan Scott Auditorium
Hawke Building
City West Campus

Watch public lecture HERE.

France and Australia are today facing an uncertain world with conflicts in the Middle East, increasing terrorist and cyber security threats, environmental and climate degradation and populism.  Our response requires greater collective action and greater international cooperation. France and Australia are bound by common values including the support of multilateralism and the rule of law, human rights and democracy and a shared vision for a secure and more prosperous future.  Guided by these shared values, France and Australia work together to enhance their long-standing strategic partnership. 

In this lecture, Ambassador Lecourtier explored some of the many challenges facing modern-day Australia and France and illustrated how both countries can stand together to confront them, and also how together they can seize opportunities of the 21st century.


Nigel Thrift

H.E. Mr Christophe Lecourtier took up his position as Ambassador of France in July 2014. Before coming to Australia, Ambassador Christophe Lecourtier was the CEO of Ubifrance (French Agency for International Business Development). Prior to his posting as Chief Executive Officer of Ubifrance, Ambassador Lecourtier has served as Chief of staff and Special adviser to Mrs Christine LAGARDE. Ambassador Lecourtier has a long career working for the Ministry of Economy, Finances and Industry, where he was adviser in charge of international economic relations.   


Europe Now Interview

H.E. Mr Christophe Lecourtier
French Ambassador to Australia

Published March 2017
(recorded September 2016)



Photo Gallery

Mr Bryan Fahy, President, Alliance Francaise Committee
H.E. Mr Christophe Lecourtier

Professor Anthony Elliott and H.E.Christophe Lecourtier

Prof Anthony Elliott, MP Ian Hunter, H.E. Christophe Lecourtier and Mr Nigel Relph (from left to right)

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