France Promises Presence in Pacific for Upcoming ‘Global Confrontation’

Minister promises engagement in 'non-confrontational but obstinate way'

While most of the reporting on potential new wars out of the US has centered recently on Iran and Venezuela, French officials say they believe a “global confrontation” is emerging in the Pacific Ocean, and they promise to be involved.

Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly spoke of French involvement in this conflict over the weekend in Singapore, saying “it takes no Kissinger to see the building blocks of a global confrontation take place here in Asia.”

She went on to say that France would be engaged “in our own steady, non-confrontational but obstinate way,” and that French Navy ships will continue to sail through the South China Sea.

Mention of the sea suggests France is envisioning a war involving China, and the US and China have been engaged in a trade war, and some barbs traded over Taiwan in recent days. Either way, a shooting war seems a remote possibility, and even if it happened, it’s unclear how much France could conceivably contribute, given their limited territorial claims and presence in the south Pacific.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of