1. This, the 35th UK-France Summit, underlines the uniquely close relationship between
our nations, two of the world’s oldest and greatest democracies. Today we affirm our
shared vision of our relationship over the decades ahead, one committed to furthering
our mutual and prosperity and the flourishing of our societies.

2. We meet in the year that marks one hundred years since the end of the First World
War, when our troops fought side-by-side in defence of our shared belief in freedom
and resistance against aggression.

3. As global, outward looking nations we remain committed to defending our people and
upholding our values as liberal democracies in the face of any threat, whether at home
or abroad. As the European countries who are permanent members of the UN Security
Council as well as members of the G7, G20 and NATO, we work closely in defence
of the rules based international system.

4. The Lancaster House Treaty is the bedrock of our relationship. Since 2010 we have
improved our collective capabilities and seen unprecedented levels of integration
between our armed forces, intelligence agencies and diplomatic and development

5. In an increasingly unstable and uncertain world, this strong and enduring partnership
between two great nations is more important than ever. Our intelligence agencies
work together to save lives on both sides of the Channel and around the world. While
our Armed Forces play a leading role in NATO – providing reassurance to our eastern
European allies.

6. Our authorities work closely together at all levels to reduce migrant pressures and
target criminal gangs involved in people trafficking, both in northern France and
further afield. And we are tackling terrorism and instability overseas, taking the fight
to Daesh in Iraq and Syria, working together in the Sahel, and using our overseas aid
budgets to support our strategic aims. Today we will build on this unprecedented cooperation,
drawing on and developing our shared capability, recognising that we are
more effective when we work together.

7. While this Summit takes place as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the EU, the
United Kingdom is not leaving Europe. A strong and deep relationship between the
United Kingdom and France is in both of our interests.

8. Our relationship has always gone far beyond defence and security. We share
£71billion in trade, making France the United Kingdom’s third largest trading partner
and the United Kingdom France’s fifth largest, but our friendship is about so much
more than a balance sheet. More than 150,000 British citizens live in France and a
similar number of French nationals have chosen to make the United Kingdom their
home. That is why today, for the first time, we have expanded the Summit to cover
the full spectrum of the UK-France bilateral relationship including prosperity,
innovation, science and education.

9. We are forever neighbours, united in friendship, and as champions of our common
belief in freedom and justice, in our societies at home and in the world. The three
pillars of this Summit make up a single pledge. We will increase our shared security,
finding shared solutions to build a brighter shared future for all our citizens.

10. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and
the President of the French Republic agreed the following declaration, which is
reinforced by the actions set out in the accompanying annexes.

Shared Security: Our defence, security, foreign, development, and migration policy cooperation in its breadth

11. We face a range of security threats of increasing scale, complexity, and pace,
including the military assertiveness of a growing number of established and emerging
powers, which are challenging and compromising international frameworks.
Advanced weapons are also increasingly and widely disseminated to states and nonstate

12. Since the last Summit, we have both suffered acts of terrorism on our own soil. We
continue to face a direct threat from Islamist terrorism, which, despite its setbacks in
Syria and Iraq, continues to evolve and expand to new regions, thriving on civil war,
chaos and state fragility. We must work together to protect our peoples and to counter
terrorism from the battlefields in Syria and Iraq, where our forces are serving bravely
side by side to drive out Daesh. We reiterate our commitment, contained in the June
2017 French-British Action Plan to deny the use of the internet as a safe space by
terrorists and criminals, and to prevent online radicalisation. We are also committed to
fight classic and emergent forms of terrorism financing, notably through the
international mobilisation conference organized by France in Paris in April 2018, as
well as other international fora.

Security and Defence

13. The 2010 Lancaster House Treaties marked a significant increase in cooperation on
defence, national security, and foreign policy. As we approach the 10 year
anniversary of the Treaties, we remain committed to deepening our joint capabilities,
operational cooperation, and policy coordination.

14. The United Kingdom and France are Europe’s two leading defence powers, with
independent nuclear deterrents, full spectrum armed forces able to deploy and operate,
alone or with Allies and partners, across the world on land, at sea, in the air, and
increasingly today in cyberspace. We have developed unprecedented levels of
integration between our military forces but we are announcing measures that will
further enhance our joint defence capabilities and ability to work together across the
world in defence of our common interests. There is no situation in which we could
envisage a circumstance where the vital interests of either the United Kingdom or
France could be threatened without the vital interests of the other being also

15. On the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force, we have agreed to build on the success
of Exercise Griffin Strike in 2016, in which more than 5,000 personnel from the
United Kingdom and France executed major land, sea and air activity for the first
time. The CJEF is already capable of operations up to Peace Enforcement and will
take forward a programme of work that will deliver a force that could number over
10,000 with Full Operating Capability in
crisis management operation involving early
entry in a potentially hostile territory by 2020.

16. We will also enhance our maritime cooperation in support of global security and
prosperity. This includes: support to each other’s Aircraft Carrier future deployments
in 2019; a combined headquarters in 2019 for the Coalition Task Force 150 in the
Arabian Sea and around the Horn of Africa; ships and aircraft deploying and
operating together in the Indian Ocean, the Asia-Pacific and Caribbean regions in

17. We have agreed to work more closely together to counter terrorism and instability in
the Sahel and strengthen our cooperation in this region. An important aspect of the
Lancaster House Treaty is that our two countries have committed to support, as
agreed on a case by case basis, one country when it is engaged in operations in which
the other is not engaged. Therefore, following French requests for additional support
for Operation BARKHANE, the United Kingdom has decided to deploy three CH-47
Chinook heavy lift helicopters to Mali to provide logistical support to French
operations. We have also agreed to continue to make available a C-17 heavy-lift
transport aircraft which has already provided important logistical support. This
demonstrates the United Kingdom’s commitment to supporting European Allies and
partners to maintain Europe’s security.

18. We have agreed to sustain a continuing programme of military capability cooperation
in our mutual interest. Managing exchange of national sensitive information is
becoming an increasingly important element in our mutual cooperation. We commit
to addressing any issues that arise. We reaffirm the strategic importance of
cooperation on our One Complex Weapon Initiative to both our countries, and
confirm our continuing willingness to develop our world leading missile capability
cooperation. Following the Future Combat Air System Development Phase-0, we will
continue our work on assessing the emerging conclusions before decisions are taken
on future phases. We will also pursue opportunities for Combat Air cooperation, and
our capability analysis of the Future Combat Air Environment including how manned
and unmanned systems might operate together. Our joint Maritime Mine Counter
Measures project is developing world-leading maritime autonomous technology. We
intend to develop options to bring the system into operational service rapidly. We will
continue to deepen nuclear cooperation between our two countries to strengthen our
deterrence posture, while retaining the independence of our nuclear forces.

19. In this context, we have agreed on the continuing importance of United Kingdom
defence to the stability of the multilateral order including its contribution to European
defence and security, and of the ability of United Kingdom defence industry to
continue to be able to engage in European defence research and capability
development programmes under arrangements to be defined at the European level and
in other relevant formats.

20. In the NATO framework, we have agreed to further contribute to the deterrence and
defence posture, including by building upon our measured and proportionate response
to Russia’s more assertive foreign policy and military activity, and to help develop the
capacity of Iraq’s security forces and defence and security institutions.

21. In 2017, French and British forces have deepened their operational cooperation in
Estonia in the framework of the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP). France will
contribute to the eFP in 2019, as part of the UK-led battlegroup in Estonia, building
on the successful joint deployment in 2017.

22. We stress the need to further develop the emergence of a shared strategic culture
between European States. France and the UK, thanks to their robust common
expeditionary experience, have agreed that their bilateral defence relationship would
contribute to the development of the European Intervention Initiative.
This is intended
to create among a group of European Nations the conditions for future engagements
in various military intervention scenarios.

23. The United Kingdom and France will develop these initiatives and overcome these
challenges by working together with their NATO Allies and European partners,
including by continuing to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of NATO and of
European defence, and by encouraging the development of the NATO-EU

Protecting our Internal Security

24. Recent terrorist attacks across Europe underline the scale of the cross-border
challenge we face in keeping our citizens safe. The United Kingdom and France
hereby declare their continuing commitment to work together through both bilateral
and multilateral mechanisms to deepen and enhance cooperation on law enforcement,
security and criminal justice, to improve the safety of citizens across Europe and to
strengthen our internal security capabilities through new and dynamic arrangements at
bilateral and European level that would allow us to tackle those complex, shared

25. The ability to transfer and retain data both within the EU and with third countries is
crucial in our efforts to fight cross border crime and terrorism. We declare our shared
view that the retention of communications data is a legitimate and vital tool for public
security, and that this can be done in a way that is fully consistent with upholding our
citizens’ fundamental rights.

26. In advance of the Summit, and to deepen our strong ongoing cooperation, the heads of
the United Kingdom’s Secret Intelligence Service, the Security Service, and the
Government Communications Headquarters met with the French counterparts, the
heads of the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure and the Direction Générale
de la Sécurité Intérieure. This was the first time in our history that these five
intelligence chiefs have all been brought together in a single meeting.

27. Pursuing the objectives of the French-British Action Plan that Prime Minister May
and President Macron signed in June 2017, we commit to strengthening our
cooperation to ensure that the internet cannot be used as a safe space for terrorists and
criminals. A joint progress report on the implementation of the June Action Plan was
presented at the Summit. Building on recent collaboration between United Kingdom
and French teams, we urge the private sector and the Global Internet Forum to
Counter Terrorism to ensure the automation of detection and deletion of illegal
content within 1-2 hours of upload, prevent its dissemination and provide greater
support to smaller companies. Ahead of the 2018 G7 Leader’s Summit, the United
Kingdom and France will seek increased transparency from them in order to facilitate
the monitoring of progress towards these goals. We will also deepen our cooperation
on strategic communications. We will consider legislative measures if necessary.

28. We have also agreed to introduce a new bilateral maritime counter-terrorism
agreement to enable our law enforcement agencies to better protect the safety of over
15 million passengers who cross the Channel each year and to secure cross Channel
ports, which generate significant mutual economic benefit.

29. Given the cross border nature of mutually shared serious and organised crime threats,
we have also committed to deepen our strong cooperation, with a focus on tackling
shared threats from and supporting security in the Western Balkans, including through
collaboration ahead of the forthcoming Western Balkans summits in Sofia and
London, which are important milestones to bring further stability and economic
development to this region; as well as enhancing intelligence exchanges on illicit

Cyber and Digital Security

30. The United Kingdom and France will co-operate to impede, mitigate and raise the
cost of malicious cyber-attacks by criminals, state actors, and their proxies, including
those that seek to interfere in the internal democratic processes of states.

31. In particular, we will work together to enhance the protection and resilience of our
critical assets, systems, and networks, including through a new annual policy strategic
dialogue on cyber threats, which will bring together Government and Agencies, and
by sharing best practices with critical infrastructure owners. We have agreed to work
together to build resilience within NATO and to build NATO’s role in improving the
cyber defence capability. We will also reinforce existing cooperation on the role of
digital technology and the use of data for security and law enforcement purposes.

Foreign Policy and Development

32. The United Kingdom and France are committed to tackling the most pressing foreign
and international development challenges of our generation. We have adopted a wideranging
and strategic joint vision and approach – a Foreign Policy and Development
Compact – which reflects our shared values and goals. The Compact highlights our
shared commitment to effective multilateralism and the rules-based international
system and identifies joint initiatives to maximise the effectiveness of our foreign
policy capabilities and instruments, including stabilisation cooperation. We have a
strong history of cooperation on international development, working together to
ensure there is effective global action. Development is a key part of our response to
global challenges, including by tackling the underlying drivers of instability and
conflict. We are committed to deepening our collaboration to improve the impact of
our humanitarian aid and development assistance.

33. As neighbours, Permanent Members of the UN Security Council and members of the
G7 and G20 we will remain the closest of partners on the most pressing issues of
international peace and security. We will notably seize the opportunity of the French
presidency of the G7 in 2019 and UK presidency in 2021 to promote our common
vision on global challenges.

34. On Iran, we reaffirm our full commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
and its full implementation. We note its contribution to the preservation of the
international nuclear non-proliferation regime. We will continue to engage with the
US Administration on the Iranian nuclear program, taking note of the statement by the
White House on 12 January 2018. We remain concerned about the Iranian ballistic
missile programme and Iran’s activities in the region, including indications that it has
provided support to the Houthis in Yemen. We call upon the international community
to do more to advance peace and stability in the region
and to address Iran’s
destabilising regional activity. We look to Iran to make progress on human rights and
to uphold the right to freedom of expression.

35. We call on North Korea (DPRK) to comply with its international obligations and to
carry out a complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear and ballistic
programmes. We will continue to support firm and effective measures to prompt
Pyongyang to engage in a sustained, meaningful and unconditional dialogue.

36. On the Middle East Peace Process we reaffirm our support for a two-state solution,
Israel and Palestine, living peacefully and in security and prosperity side by side,
within secure and recognized borders with Jerusalem as a shared capital. We call on
the parties to take urgent steps to reverse the current negative trends on the ground,
refrain from unilateral initiatives and to start renewed and meaningful peace
negotiations. We are ready to contribute to all credible efforts to restart the peace

37. On Syria, we will maintain our support for a UN-led process in Geneva leading to a
genuine transition to a new democratic, inclusive and legitimate government, and call
on the Syrian Regime to adhere to agreed ceasefires, to ensure the protection of
civilians and to allow unhindered and sustained humanitarian access. We reiterate our
commitment to pursuing accountability for human rights abuses and violations of
international law in Syria, including the use of chemical weapons. We reaffirm that
will provide no support for reconstruction until a credible transition is firmly
underway, in line with UN Resolution 2254.

38. On Lebanon, we reaffirm our commitment to the stability, security and sovereignty of
the country and endorse the International Support Group for Lebanon statement of 8
December 2017. We call for all Lebanese parties to implement the government’s
policy of disassociation from and non-inference in external conflicts and the
launching of discussions on a National Defence Strategy. We are determined to
support the Lebanese State and its institutions in the security, economic and
humanitarian fields. We reaffirm our support to the Lebanese Armed Forces and all
State security institutions in protecting Lebanon from the security challenges,
particularly the terrorist threat and crises that are destabilising the Middle East. We
welcome in this regard the holding in 2018 of the “Rome II” meeting in Italy, the
investors conference in Paris and the “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”
conference in Brussels should focus on continuing to tackle humanitarian needs
within Syria and supporting host countries across the region, and preparing for the
return of Syrian refugees only when conditions allow for voluntary, safe and dignified
returns in line with international humanitarian law.

39. We call on the parties in Yemen to engage in dialogue in good faith, agree the
modalities of a ceasefire and to go back to the negotiating table whilst providing safe
and unhindered access to all of Yemen for commercial and humanitarian food, fuel
and medical supplies. We condemn ballistic missile attacks against Saudi Arabia by
Houthi forces as a threat to regional security.

40. On Libya, the United Kingdom and France reiterate their full support to the Special
Representative of the Secretary-General’s action plan for Libya. They recall that an
inclusive political solution, based on the Libyan Political Agreement, is the sole way
to end the ongoing crisis in Libya. The United Kingdom and France are also
committed to supporting Libyan and international efforts against trafficking of all
sorts, including human trafficking

41. We reaffirm our shared commitment to combat the proliferation of all forms of
weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, as well as illicit transfers of
conventional arms. In addition to our joint work on Iran and DPRK, we will further
strengthen our co-operation against the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime
and Daesh. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty, we reaffirm our strong attachment to that Treaty, which has played an
unparalleled role in curtailing the spread of nuclear weapons, and to other treaties and
regimes underpinning the rules based international system combating proliferation.

42. We also paid particular attention in our discussions to Russia, Africa and the

43. The United Kingdom and France share a common assessment of Russia’s more
assertive foreign and defence policy, which goes hand in hand with various
concerning forms of strategic intimidation, including the use of disinformation,
malicious cyber activity, and political subversion. The United Kingdom and France
will act together to address the security challenges it could raise, while seeking a
constructive dialogue with Moscow through appropriate channels. This assertion must
be met with a firm response combined with dialogue, notably on issues of common
interest, in which Moscow remains a key stakeholder. We condemn Russia’s illegal
annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of eastern Ukraine. We urge Russia, along
with Ukraine, to fully implement the Minsk Agreements, starting with a full and
comprehensive ceasefire. Until Russia complies with its Minsk obligations, economic
sanctions cannot be lifted.

44. Recognising this period of dynamic change in Africa, the United Kingdom and France
reaffirm our joint commitment to peace, stability, and prosperity in Africa. We agree
to intensify coordination, working with African partners and in international fora such
as the UN Security Council, General Assembly, G7 and G20 on issues of mutual
interest and benefit, including peace and security, climate change, environment and
resilience, economic growth, trade, humanitarian assistance and transnational
challenges such as counter terrorism, irregular migration, modern slavery, and human
trafficking. We are firmly committed to supporting Africa to benefit from its huge
economic potential by fostering trade and investment, jobs and opportunities,
particularly for Africa’s youth.

45. To reach our objectives of a more prosperous Africa, we urgently need to create
stability and address immediate needs. The United Kingdom and France commits to
working together to bring greater peace, stability, resilience and security in the Sahel
and southern Libya, north-eastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad basin; to continuing to
support the international community’s efforts in the Horn of Africa and Somalia,
including through support to AMISOM in Somalia that ensures a conditions-based
transition to the Somali Security Forces, over an agreed timeframe, for the future
peace and stability of Somalia. To see this plan implemented we will work together to
ensure EU African Peace Facility funding, in the framework of the transition process;
and cooperate closely to address poverty, development and environmental challenges.
The United Kingdom and France agree to intensify their security cooperation in the
Sahel Region, including in support of the G5 Sahel Joint Force. We will co-operate
closely to address the longer term causes of instability, extreme poverty, and lack of
development in the Sahel, through partnering as members of the Sahel Alliance. In
support of this partnership, the United Kingdom will pledge £50m of support for
humanitarian and family planning initiatives in the region. This is on top of the
United Kingdom’s existing commitment to provide £189.5m in humanitarian
assistance to the region from 2015-2018 to support 2.3 million people affected by
food insecurity and 1.9 million people affected by conflict.

46. Increasingly frequent and intense hurricanes and tropical storms are causing
widespread devastation in the Caribbean, where we have shared interests and
responsibilities for British Overseas Territories and French Départements et
Collectivités d’Outre Mer. We will build on our cooperation in response to Hurricane
Irma, to improve our joint provision of disaster relief and to build resilience in the
Caribbean with initiatives such as CREWS - Climate Risk and Early Warning
Systems. Taking our successful work through the International Charter “Space and
Major Disasters” as a basis, we will aim to increase operational resilience in key
telecommunications to hurricane-damaged islands.

47. We commit to working together towards a successful replenishment of the Global
Partnership for Education.

Migration, “Modern Slavery”, Human Trafficking, and joint management of the shared border between the United Kingdom and France

48. The United Kingdom and France are committed to a whole of route approach on
migration. Across the world today, there are 65 million people who have been
forcibly displaced. It is an unprecedented figure, one that has almost doubled in a
decade. It is not acceptable that people continue to lose their lives making the
dangerous journey to Europe through illegal channels. The United Kingdom and
France will coordinate our collective influence and expertise to address the shared
challenges posed by illegal migration, “modern slavery”, and human trafficking and
to support regular and well-managed legal migration flows.

49. Upstream in the migration route, we will seek to support and empower host
governments and communities to work across borders and address migration across
the entire route through joint work in countries of origin and transit in regions such as
North, East and West Africa. This will include building capacity to fight serious and
organised crime and dismantle human trafficking networks, protecting victims and the
most vulnerable and addressing root causes by negating the need for dangerous
onward movements. This work will be taken forward through a new UK-FR Strategic
Dialogue on upstream cooperation.

50. The United Kingdom and France have consistently worked together to ensure strong
cooperation in the joint management of their shared border in order to respond to the
challenges posed by illegal migration. The United Kingdom has provided support to
security measures in and around ports and railway infrastructures in the North of
France since 2014. France has ensured adequate presence of police forces in the
vicinity of these infrastructures and provided care for migrants needing protection.
Furthermore, the cooperation of United Kingdom and French law enforcement forces
have yielded positive results, leading to the dismantlement of 44 networks of migrant
smugglers in 2017.

51. The United Kingdom and France intend to pursue joint efforts to continue
strengthening security measures in and around transport infrastructures. In 2018,
France will continue ensuring the adequate presence of police forces as well as
providing care for people needing it. The United Kingdom commits to further support
the reinforcement of security measures in and around the ports of Calais, Dunkirk,
Ouistreham and Le Havre, Eurotunnel premises. That work will include the
establishment of a joint centre to combat the crime associated with illegal border

52. As part of the objective of enhancing cooperation in and around the shared border, the
United Kingdom and France have agreed on a Treaty that sets out a legal framework
for ensuring key aspects of our shared commitment to border and migration
cooperation are taken forward. The Treaty includes provisions designed to ensure that
the Dublin III Regulation is swiftly operated between us, in particular concerning the
treatment of unaccompanied asylum seeking children, and we will continue to work
together to complete the transfer of unaccompanied minors agreed in accordance with
national relocation schemes such as section 67 of the United Kingdom Immigration
Act 2016. The Treaty also sets out the objectives of improving joint action to tackle
organised immigration crime and increase the number of illegal migrants who are
returned to their own country. The United Kingdom shall support France in its
provision of accommodation in facilities located outside the Calais and Dunkirk areas,
such as Reception and Assessment Centres.

53. To implement these priorities, the United Kingdom and France commit to a package
of cooperation including €50m additional United Kingdom financial support for 2018.

54. The United Kingdom and France agree to work together to support the economic
development of the Calais and Dover regions, and to establish a working group on
common projects to support the promotion of business and tourism, including after
the United Kingdom’s EU Exit.

55. The United Kingdom and France continue to address the challenges posed by illegal
migration, “modern slavery”, and human trafficking and to support regular and wellmanaged
migratory flows. France welcomes the Call to Action to End Forced Labour,
Modern Slavery, and Human Trafficking.

Shared Solutions: Working together on innovation to prepare our countries and economies for the future

56. The digital revolution, globalisation, and climate change are among the common
challenges we face. As global leaders in science, research, and engineering, the
United Kingdom and France commit to bringing together our expertise to develop
innovative joint solutions and to ensure our economies and societies maximise the
benefits of new technologies for a sustainable future.

Innovating for a greener world

57. The United Kingdom and France are fully committed, at national and international
level, to taking action to tackle climate change and accelerate the implementation of
the Paris Agreement, in synergy with the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development,
improving the quality of the air we breathe, and developing innovative solutions to
our countries’ energy and transport needs.

58. We have demonstrated global leadership in the transition away from fossil fuels. In
line with our commitment to end of the sales of all new conventional cars and vans by
2040, we have agreed to joint work on zero emission vehicles. We will also work
together to cut early deaths from air pollution by half through national and regional

59. To support our commitment to the phase out of unabated coal power and to deliver
secure, affordable and low carbon energy, we will create the conditions for the
development of smart energy system technologies and implement electricity
interconnector projects to reach these goals. Internationally, we will also build a
coalition of states committed to actions on carbon pricing and broaden the
membership of the Powering Past Coal Alliance.

60. Alongside efforts to promote the implementation of low carbon transition policies and
support research, projects and companies, we commit to deepening exchanges and
strengthening the cooperation between ministries of finance and central banks to
support the development of green and sustainable finance at international and bilateral
levels and welcome further cooperation on green finance between the City of
London’s Green Finance Initiative and Paris Europlace’s Finance for Tomorrow.

61. Acknowledging the importance of nuclear energy for a low-carbon economy, we
welcome the deepening of our industrial cooperation in civilian nuclear energy which
took a major step forward with the start of the Hinkley Point C project in September
2016. We will encourage the development of new build projects and new cooperation
projects to develop innovative technologies in all aspects of the nuclear cycle.

62. As many challenges are being faced in our countries as well as in third countries with
regard to civil nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management, we will
strengthen bilateral cooperation and launch joint research and industrial developments
at home and in third markets. Both the United Kingdom and France have indeed
significant and complementary skills and expertise and are regarded as two of the
global leaders. Cooperation on nuclear safety and security must also continue through
bilateral and international forums.

63. The United Kingdom and France intend to continue their constructive dialogue on the
development of a global pact for the environment. We agree to work in close
collaboration on ways at improving the coherence of global action to protect the

Investing in the next-generation of technologies

64. The United Kingdom and France have a long history of collaboration in delivering
cutting-edge technologies. Whether pioneering supersonic travel or better connecting
our countries through the Channel Tunnel, cooperation between our nations has
produced radical innovation.

65. We will continue to partner to invest in the technologies of tomorrow, including
through a joint scheme, supported by up to 100,000 euro per year, to support
academic exchanges, scientific collaboration, and innovation.

66. We announce today a new Strategic Genomic Medicine Partnership between
Genomics England and Médecine Génomique 2025. Independently, the United
Kingdom and France have established the world’s most ambitious plans to embed
genomic technology into the healthcare system. We have now agreed a common
vision for genomics and we will combine our shared national attributes by co-funding
shared analysis of new technologies to accelerate genomic medicine and research
collaboration. This new Strategic Partnership will ensure that together we continue to
lead the world in genomic medicine, generate key industrial partnerships, and pioneer
advanced genomic medicine to improve the care of patients with cancer and rare

67. We will continue to deepen cooperation in space activities, building on the
Framework Arrangement signed at the 2014 Summit, including cooperation to build
Exomars, Europe’s first Mars Rover and by exploring how our leading capabilities in
climate science could improve the analysis of key climate variables, support
developing countries, and position our industries at the centre of the growing
multibillion pound Climate Services market.

Growing the businesses of the future

68. The United Kingdom and France’s industrial strategies highlight the role that digital
technology will play in the economy of the future. In this context, we wish to restate
our commitment and support for the principle of net neutrality, which promotes a free
and open internet. Building on the success of the Franco-British Taskforce on Data
Innovation, we have agreed to support digital innovation, including through a Digital
Colloque in 2018 that will gather experts on digital security, skills, artificial
intelligence, data and digital government.

69. We will strengthen the global competitiveness of our world-class researchers and
innovators, deepen collaboration between the UK’s Catapults and French instituts of
Technology . We will examine with French and British business stakeholders the
opportunity to launch a joint Business and Innovation Council to stimulate innovation
and R&D and drive economic growth. As we look to the future of our relationship
through the twenty first century, we have agreed to establish a joint group of eminent
and qualified persons to examine other options for future cooperation, including for
significant projects.

Shared Futures

70. Over many centuries, the United Kingdom and France have forged linguistic, cultural,
and fundamentally, human links. Strengthening and celebrating those links is crucial
as we write the next chapter in our relationship.

A Renewed Approach to Partnerships

71. We have agreed a new approach to partnerships between our towns and regions – to
support a new generation of links between our people including by bringing together
mayors, leaders of City Regions and others as they address today’s challenges and
harness the potential of emerging technologies. We set the objective of having 10 new
twinnings every year until 2022.

Education and Social Mobility

72. Building on the Memorandum of Understanding on education, the United Kingdom
and France will deepen cooperation across all education sectors to increase
opportunities for young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds,
to have international experiences that develop their employability, language skills and
international awareness. We will facilitate the exchange of skills and best practice for
school children interested in cyber to equip future generations with the skills required
and we have agreed to revitalise the long-standing Entente Cordiale programme and
its financing and strengthen the newly established Young Leaders Programme which
is already proving its value.

Sports and Cultural Exchanges

73. The United Kingdom and France are hosts of major sporting events and leaders in the
arts and museums, and their culture has worldwide appeal.

74. We have agreed to share best practice on the delivery of sports events, drawing on the
United Kingdom’s experience of hosting London Olympic and Paralympic Games
2012 and the Rugby World Cup 2015 and looking ahead to the Rugby World Cup
2023, to be hosted by France, and Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024, as well
as further cooperation on a range of sports issues.

75. We have agreed to discuss the terms of a joint initiative on cultural protection to
safeguard cultural heritage around the world, both in conflict zones and where it is at
risk from natural causes, so that future generations can access their unique cultural
identity and celebrate their history. To celebrate our shared cultural history, we have
agreed to hold a bilateral season of culture, based on the reciprocal exchange of
masterpieces and intense cultural exchanges. In this context, we have agreed a loan of
the Bayeux Tapestry to the United Kingdom, during the refurbishment of its
permanent home in Bayeux and before the opening of the future Center for the
Interpretation of Middle Age Europe of Bayeux in 2023, provided that the legal
requirements and the scientific conditions of restoration and conservation have been

76. We will associate with each other in commemorations we organize for the 100th
Anniversary of the end of World War I.

77. We will also support the Normandy Memorial Trust in their work to build a Memorial
in Ver-sur-Mer commemorating the more than 22,000 who fell while serving under
British command in the Battle of Normandy in 1944. The President and Prime
Minister will together attend the inauguration of the project in June 2019 as part of the
commemorations to mark the 75th Anniversary of the operation.