Le Drian: France will not join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced that his country will not join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Le Drian told Parliament on Tuesday that “France did not participate in the discussions on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”.

France is not considered part of this treaty and will not accede to it. 

Therefore, we do not have any legal obligations under this treaty”.

The minister indicated that the treaty does not benefit international security, nor will it make any contribution to nuclear disarmament efforts.

Le Drian recalled that France is a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which entered into force in 1970.

It is reported that the new treaty entered into force on January 22, and none of the nuclear powers joined the treaty.