French President Emmanuel Macron landed in Sydney on 2 May for his first visit to Australia. ANUCES Visiting Fellow Denise Fisher on ABC PM says Macron's visit is unusual not only because he has not yet marked one year in office, but also because he has broken the French Presidential tradition of bypassing Australia while visiting French Pacific territories like New Caledonia (listen to the interview on ABC PM's website).
ANUCES Associate Dr Katherine Daniell, who is also President of the Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation (AFRAN) met President Macron and Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull at the president's official dinner at the Sydney Opera House on 1 May. Katherine then attended an event on 2 May with a number of ministers, including Frederique Vidal, minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
Denise Fisher has made a number of media contributions on Macron's visits to Australia and the Pacific:
Remembering the past and preparing the future in The Strategist, by Denise Fisher, published 1 May 2018
Denise Fisher interviewed by Laura Tchilinguirian on ABC Drive, broadcast 1 May 2018 (interview begins at 1:30:20 into the recording)
Macron breaks with tradition to promote 'Indo Pacific axis', Denise Fisher interviewed by Linda Mottram on ABC PM, broadcast 2 May 2018
Denie Fisher interviewed on ABC News The World, broadcast 3 May 2018
Macron visits New Caledonia ahead of independence referendum, Denise Fisher interviewed by Fran Kelly on ABC RN Breakfast, broadcast 4 May 2018
French choreography in the Pacific in The Interpreter, by Denise Fisher, published 7 May 2018
Macron pushing continued French presence in Pacific, Denise Fisher interviewed by Tara Cosoleto on SBS World News Radio, broadcast 7 May 2018