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The Third U.S.-France Cyber Dialogue


Office of the Spokesperson

The United States and France’s third Cyber Dialogue was held in Paris, France, on January 22, 2020, to reaffirm our on-going partnership on cybersecurity and cyber policy issues.  Our governments share a commitment to ensure an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure cyberspace in which all states behave responsibly.


At the bilateral meeting, the United States and France discussed efforts to advance stability in cyberspace; diplomatic progress in multilateral and regional security venues; 5G security concerns; domestic cybersecurity issues; and cyber capacity building.  Both countries reaffirmed their support for a framework of responsible state behavior in cyberspace, based on the applicability of existing international law, adherence to non-binding peacetime norms of state behavior, and implementation of practical confidence-building measures.  The delegations also discussed elements of the joint statement on Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace that the United States, France, and 25 other countries signed on September 23, 2019, which included a commitment to work together on a voluntary basis to hold states accountable when they act contrary to this framework.


Robert L. Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, led the U.S. delegation that included representatives from the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and State.  Henri Verdier, Ambassador for Digital Affairs, led France’s interagency delegation that included representatives from the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the National Cybersecurity Agency, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of the Armed Forces, and the Ministry of Justice.


The United States looks forward to hosting the next dialogue in Washington, D.C.