Visit to Australia by the President of France

Visit to Australia by the President of France

Government Protocol and International Visits International Policy
Tuesday, 08 May 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The President of the Republic of France in a dark suit, waves as he boards his aircraft to depart from Australia. In the background is an airplane with République Française written on it.

Last week, His Excellency Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, arrived in Sydney for a working visit to Australia. This visit was historic – President Macron’s first visit to Australia, and the second by a French President.

President Macron was welcomed by the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull with a dinner given in his honour at the Sydney Opera House. At the Opera House, the President also enjoyed the Badu Gili light show which was projected onto the iconic Australian landmark.

President Macron also honoured those who fell during the First World War at a Commemorative Ceremony at the Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park.   

During formal talks at Admiralty House, the President and the Prime Minister agreed to a Vision Statement on the Australia-France Relationship.

Underlining the strong defence relationship between our two nations, President Macron also delivered a speech aboard HMAS Canberra and inspected the Australian submarine, HMAS Waller.

Below is a selection of images from the visit.