France will act in concert with India to ensure a free, open and secure Indo-Pacific region

Ahead of assuming my post in India in September 2019, I called on President Emmanuel Macron, who briefed me on my remit: the first was to consolidate Indo-Pacific ties based on shared values and principles.

For France, as for India, the Indo-Pacific is a threefold reality.

First, a geographical reality, as civilisational and commercial ties have linked Africa and Asia through the Indian Ocean for centuries. Today there is what we may term a culture of...