Olivier Poivre d’Arvor: “France is a great polar nation”

MAINTENANCE – Unveiled on Tuesday, the first French Polar Strategy aims to better fund research and strengthen the French presence in the poles, explains Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, ambassador for the poles and maritime issues.

Balancing the extremes». Vast objective of the first French Polar Strategy, presented on Tuesday. In the old days “inaccessible, immaculate and unusable”, the Arctic (the North Pole) and the Antarctic (the South Pole) have become the sites of major scientific, economic and geopolitical challenges. They are weakened by global warming and appetites are sharpening. France therefore intends to strengthen its voice in the great concert of polar nations. The Interministerial Committee for the Sea will add the poles to its prerogatives and scientific research will have increased budgets. At last, “without lowering our guard in Antarctica” which must be better protected, we must “triple the means devoted to the Arctic” and strengthen our presence there. Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, ambassador for the clusters, explains to the Figaro French ambitions.

LE FIGARO. – Is it credible to announce a French polar strategy five days before the first round of the presidential election?


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