France provides assistance to Vanuatu [fr]
The troubling activity of Manaro Voui volcano has prompted the authorities of Vanuatu to evacuate - as a precautionary measure - the island of Ambae which has 11,000 inhabitants.
France is providing assistance at the request of the government of Vanuatu. A CASA military aircraft carrying humanitarian cargo provided by the French Red Cross is taking off from Nouméa today. It will then shuttle between the different islands that have been affected.
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs crisis and support center is serving as a focal point for our action in collaboration with the Ministry for the Armed Forces, the High Commissioner of the French Republic in Nouméa and the Embassy of France in Port-Vila.
Our action is being coordinated with that of the governments of Australia and New Zealand in accordance with the FRANZ (France-Australia-New Zealand) agreements, which provide a framework for regional cooperation in the South Pacific in the event of a natural disaster; France is the current chair of the FRANZ partnership in Vanuatu.
Vanuatu is a neighbor of New Caledonia and is located in the convergence zone between the Australian and Pacific plates, commonly referred to as the Pacific Ring of Fire which accounts for almost 70% of the world’s volcanic activity.
(Source : France diplomatie - 3 octobre 2017)