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Macron is not giving up France's role as a Pacific player

President offers 'alternative' for states squeezed between U.S. and China

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French President Emmanuel Macron in Port Moresby on July 28: Macron chose not to visit any major partner like Australia on his Pacific tour, prioritizing smaller actors. (Sipa via AP)

Celine Pajon is head of Japan research at the Center for Asian Studies of the French Institute of International Relations in Paris.

Two years after France's surprise ejection from Australia's naval submarine acquisition plan, France is emerging with a new Indo-Pacific approach.

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