France

Annex 2 State*Yes
Signature Date24-SEP-1996
Ratification Date06-APR-1998

Monitoring Facilities

LocationTypeTreaty CodeStatus
Mont DzumacAuxiliary Seismic StationAS032Certified
Montagne des Pères, French GuianaAuxiliary Seismic StationAS033Certified
Crozet IslandsHydroacoustic StationHA04Under Construction
GuadeloupeHydroacoustic StationHA05Certified
Marquesas IslandsInfrasound StationIS21Certified
Port Laguerre, New CaledoniaInfrasound StationIS22Certified
KerguelenInfrasound StationIS23Certified
TahitiInfrasound StationIS24Certified
Kourou, French GuianaInfrasound StationIS25Planned
TahitiPrimary Seismic StationPS18Certified
Atomic Energy CommissionRadionuclide LaboratoryRL08Certified
Papeete, TahitiRadionuclide StationRN27Certified
Papeete, TahitiNoble Gas SystemCertified
Pointe-a-Pitre, GuadeloupeRadionuclide StationRN28Certified
ReunionRadionuclide StationRN29Certified
ReunionNoble Gas SystemCertified
Port-aux-Francais, KerguelenRadionuclide StationRN30Certified
Port-aux-Francais, KerguelenNoble Gas SystemCertified
Kourou, French GuianaRadionuclide StationRN31Certified
Kourou, French GuianaNoble Gas SystemCertified
Dumont d'Urville, AntarticaRadionuclide StationRN32Under Construction

Additional Information

Facility Agreement: In force (1 May 2004)

Tsunami Warning Agreement: Yes (19 November 2010)

Through five so-called EU Joint Actions adopted in the framework of the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, France has made substantial voluntary contributions in support of the CTBTO’s work in areas such as training, verification regime enhancement and technical assistance to third countries. Both the 2012 EU Joint Action and the preceding one in 2010 amounted to over € 5 million.

Workshops and seminars hosted (selection):

  • Technical Training Programme Course for Radionuclide Station Operators from 3 to 7 December 2012
  • Technical Training Programme Course for Station Operators of SPALAX Noble Gas Detector Systems from 4 to 8 July 2011
  • Technical Training Programme Course for Station Operators of SPALAX Noble Gas Detector Systems from 27 to 30 September 2010, Paris
  • CTBTO Workshop on Machine Learning and Earth Structure, from 6 to 9 September 2010, Montpellier
  • Technical Training Programme Course for Station Operators of SPALAX Noble Gas Detector Systems from 11 to 15 January 2010, Paris

Presided over 2009 Article XIV Conference together with Morocco.

The France ratified the CTBT jointly with the United Kingdom, as the 12th and 13th States to do so, see CTBTO press release.

Featured station: primary seismic station PS18, Tahiti

Quote

"[France] has spared effort to promote, together with Morocco, at the highest possible level, in every multilateral forum and every bilateral meeting, the universalization of the Treaty and its earliest possible entry into force."
Foreign Minister Alain Juppé at the 2011 Article XIV Conference in New York - full statement (PDF)

"As of now, the CTBTO is capable of performing the monitoring mission given to it by the Treaty. And as of tomorrow, no State will be able to carry out a nuclear test without the knowledge of the international community."
Former Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner in CTBTO Spectrum 13 - article (PDF)

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