April 12, 2024

The Sixth U.S.-France Cyber Dialogue

The Sixth U.S.-France Cyber Dialogue

On March 11-12, 2024, the United States and France held the sixth bilateral Cyber Dialogue in Washington, D.C., to reaffirm our ongoing partnership on cyberspace and digital policy issues.  Our governments are both committed to promoting an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable 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; cyber resilience and the protection of critical infrastructure; combatting cybercrime; critical and emerging technologies; and cyber capacity building in Ukraine, the Western Balkans, the Americas, and the Indo-Pacific.  Both countries reaffirmed their support for the framework of responsible state behavior in cyberspace, based on respect for existing international law, adherence to non-binding peacetime norms of state behavior, and implementation of practical confidence building measures.  The delegations also discussed cybersecurity deliverables for the NATO Washington Summit; increasing membership to the Budapest Convention; United Nations processes in the First and Third Committees as well as the future UN Cyber Programme of Action.  Representatives discussed digital freedom priorities, including co-chairing the OECD DIS/MIS Resource Hub with France and the United States’ participation in France’s Children Online Protection Lab.  On the margins of the dialogue, the two sides engaged with civil society and industry.

Liesyl Franz, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Cyberspace Security, led the U.S. delegation that included representatives from the National Security Council, the Office of the National Cyber Director, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the Departments of 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 Home Affairs, the Ministry of the Armed Forces, Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the Ministry of Justice.

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/the-sixth-u-s-france-cyber-dialogue/