UK and France make final step towards co-operation treaty

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Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox yesterday played host to his French counterpart in London to exchange the ratified Defence and Security Co-operation Treaty.

The meeting between Dr Fox and the French Defence Minister, Gerard Longuet, was the final step before the UK-France Defence and Security Co-operation Treaty formally comes into force on 1 July 2011.

The treaty was signed at last November’s bilateral Summit by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron.