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SUBMISSION IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE DEPOSIT OBLIGATIONS PURSUANT TO THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF THE SEA (UNCLOS)

  M.Z.N. 74.2009.LOS of 18 December 2009: Deposit of a list of geographical coordinates of points defining the outer limits of the exclusive economic zone of Tromelin Island and Reunion Island

 

Originals of deposited geographical coordinates of points (French only)

Relevant articles of UNCLOS: 75(2)

LOSIC No. 30

Law of the Sea Bulletin No. 71

  M.Z.N. 80.2010.LOS of 6 December 2010: Deposit of  a list of geographical coordinates of points defining the outer limits of the exclusive economic zone of Clipperton Island.

 

Originals of deposited geographical coordinates of points

 

Originals of deposited geographical coordinates of points (French only)

Relevant articles of UNCLOS: 75(2)

LOSIC No. 33

Law of the Sea Bulletin No. 74

  M.Z.N. 81.2011.LOS of 3 May 2011: Deposit of charts (7321, 6670 and 6671)

Relevant articles of UNCLOS: 16, 75(2)

LOSIC No. 33

  M.Z.N.86.2012.LOS of 3 July 2012: Deposit of charts (7486, 6664, 6672 and 6673)

Relevant articles of UNCLOS: 75(2)

LOSIC No. 36

  M.Z.N.87.2012.LOS of 3 July 2012: Deposit of charts (7751)

Relevant articles of UNCLOS: 75(2)

LOSIC No. 36

  M.Z.N.94.2013.LOS of 27 February 2013: Deposit of a list of geographical coordinates of points defining the outer limits of the exclusive economic zone of the Republic in the Mediterranean

 

Originals of deposited geographical coordinates of points (French only)

Relevant articles of UNCLOS: 75(2)

LOSIC No. 37

  M.Z.N.95.2013.LOS of 14 June 2013: Deposit of a list of geographical coordinates of points establishing baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea adjacent to French Polynesia is measured

 

Originals of deposited geographical coordinates of points (French only)

Relevant articles of UNCLOS: 16(2)

LOSIC No. 37

  M.Z.N.101.2013.LOS of 4 February 2014: Deposit of a list of geographical coordinates of points concerning the baselines for measuring the breadth of the territorial sea of the islands of Saint Paul and Amsterdam, the islands of Wallis and Futuna, and the Département de Mayotte, as respectively contained in Decrees no. 2013-1175, no. 2013-1176, and no. 2013-1177, dated 17 December 2013

 

Originals of deposited geographical coordinates of points French | English

Relevant articles of UNCLOS: 16(2)

LOSIC No. 39

Law of the Sea Bulletin No. 84

  M.Z.N.109.2014.LOS of 3 December 2014: Deposit of a list of geographical coordinates of points concerning the baselines for measuring the breadth of the territorial sea of the Department of La Réunion, as contained in Decree no. 2014-1309, dated 30 October 2013.

 

Originals of deposited geographical coordinates of points French | English

Relevant articles of UNCLOS: 16(2)

Law of the Sea Bulletin No. 86

Communications received by the Secretary-General in connection with the deposit of charts and/or lists of geographical coordinates of points

 Communication from the Government of the Republic of Mauritius dated 17 May 2011
 Communication from the Government of Mexico dated 15 May 2012 Spanish | English
 Communication from the Government of Spain dated 23 October 2012 (transmitted by a note verbale dated 27 March 2013) Spanish | English | French

CONTINENTAL SHELF BEYOND 200 NAUTICAL MILES FROM THE BASELINES FROM WHICH THE BREADTH OF THE TERRITORIAL SEA IS MEASURED

Joint submission by France, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf made on 19 May 2006 - in the area of the Celtic Sea and the Bay of Biscay
Submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf made on 22 May 2007 - in respect of the areas of French Guiana and New Caledonia
Submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf made on 5 February 2009 - in respect of the areas of the French Antilles and the Kerguelen Islands
Joint submission by France and South Africa to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf made on 6 May 2009 - in the area of the Crozet Archipelago and the Prince Edward Islands
Joint submission by France and South Africa to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf made on 8 May 2009 - in respect of La Réunion Island and Saint-Paul and Amsterdam Islands
Preliminary information indicative of the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in accordance with SPLOS/183

Joint Submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf by Tuvalu, France and New Zealand (Tokelau) in the area of the Robbie Ridge made on 7 December 2012


OTHER INFORMATION

Legislation

Decree of 19 October 1967 defining the straight baselines and the lines enclosing bays used in determining the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial waters is measured
Act No. 68-1181 of 30 December 1968 relating to the exploration of the Continental Shelf and to the exploitation of its natural resources
Law No. 71-1060 of 14 December 1971 regarding the delimitation of French territorial waters
Law No. 76-655 of 16 July 1976 relating to the Economic Zone off the coasts of the territory of the Republic
Decree No. 77-130 of 11 February 1977 on the establishment, pursuant to the law of July 16, 1976, of an Economic Zone off the coasts of the territory of the Republic bordering the North Sea, the English Channel and the Atlantic, from the Franco-Belgian border to the Franco-Spanish border
Act No. 77-485 of 11 May 1977 amending Act No. 68-1181 of 30 December 1968 relating to the exploration of the Continental Shelf and the exploitation of its natural resources
Decree No. 78-144 of 3 February 1978 creating an exclusive economic zone off the coasts of the French Southern & Antarctic Territories
Decree no. 78-146 of 3 February 1978 establishing an exclusive economic zone along the coasts of Tromelin, Glorieuse, Juan-de-Nova, Europa and Bassas-da-India Islands (French only)
Decree No. 78-147 of 3 February 1978 creating an exclusive economic zone off the coasts of of Clipperton Island
Decree No. 78-148 of 3 February 1978 creating an exclusive economic zone off the coasts of La Reunion
Decree No. 85/185 of 6 February 1985 regulating the Passage of Foreign Ships through French Territorial Waters
Act of 31 December 1987 concerning the campaign against drug trafficking and amending certain provisions of the Penal Code
Act No. 89-874 of 1 December 1989 concerning Maritime Cultural Assets and amending the Act of 27 September 1941 Regulating Archaeological Excavations of 1 December 1989
Prefectural Order No. 1/93 (Prohibiting the movement in the Bouches de Bonifacio of tankers carrying oil and ships carrying dangerous or toxic substances, 15 February 1993)
Decree No. 99-324  to determine the baselines from which the breadth of the French territorial sea adjacent to the Martinique and Guadeloupe regions is measured, 21 April 1999
Decree No. 2002-827 of 3 May 2002--Decree defining the straight baselines and closing lines of bays used to determine the baselines from which the breadth of French territorial waters adjacent to New Caledonia is measured (see Law of the Sea Bulletin 53, p. 58)
Decree no. 78-146 of 3 February 1978, establishing, pursuant to the Act of 16 July 1976, an economic zone off the coasts of the islands of Tromelin, Glorieuses, Juan de Nova, Europa and Bassas da India
(see Law of the Sea Bulletin 71, p. 16)
Decree No. 2007-1254 of 21 August 2007 promulgating the Agreement between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the Republic of Madagascar on the delimitation of maritime areas situated between La Réunion and Madagascar, signed at Saint-Denis on 14 April 2005 (see Law of the Sea Bulletin 71, p. 22)

Piracy

Decree No. 2011-1213 of 29 September 2011 on the application of article 4 of Act No.94-589 of 15 July 1994 in relation to measures against piracy and provisions on the exercise of State policing powers at sea - French | English

Maritime boundary delimitation agreements
 and other material

with Australia
Agreement on maritime delimitation between the Government of Australia and the Government of the French Republic (New Caledonia, Chesterfield Islands), 4 January 1982 (entry into force: 10 January 1983; registration #: 22302; registration date: 11 August 1983; link to UNTS)
with Belgium
Agreement between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium on the delimitation of the territorial sea, 8 October 1990 (entry into force: 7 April 1993; registration #: 30173; registration date:  3 August 1993;  link to UNTS)
Agreement between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium on the delimitation of the continental shelf, 8 October 1990 (entry into force: 7 April 1993; registration #: 30172; registration date: 3 August 1993; link to UNTS)
with Brazil
Maritime delimitation Treaty between the Federative Republic of Brazil and the French Republic (French Guyana), 30 January 1981 (entry into force: 19 October 1983; registration #: 22476; registration date: 22 November 1983; link to UNTS)
with Canada
Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the French Republic on Their Mutual Fishing Relations, 27 March 1972  (entry into force: 27 March 1972; registration #: 12353; registration date: 28 March 1973; link to UNTS)
with Cook Islands
Agreement on Maritime Delimitation between the Government of the Cook Islands and the Government of the French Republic (with map), 3 August 1990
with Dominica
Agreement on maritime delimitation between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of Dominica (with map) (7 September 1987) (entry into force: 23 December 1988; registration #:  26854; registration date: 6 October 1989; link to UNTS)
with Fiji
Agreement between the Government of the Republic of France and the Government of Fiji relating to the delimitation of their economic zone (with annex and maps), 19 January 1983 (entry into force; 21 August 1984; registration #: 27963; registration date: 7 March 1991; link to UNTS)
Codicil modifying the Agreement of 19 January 1983 between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of Fiji relating to the delimitation of their economic zone, 8 November 1990 (entry into force: 8 November 1990; registration #: 27963; registration date: 7 March 1991; link to UNTS)
with Italy
Agreement between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the Italian Republic on the Delimitation of maritime frontiers in the area of the straights of Bonifacio, 28 November 1986 (entry into force: 15 May 1989; registration #: 26933; registration date: 28 November 1989; link to UNTS)
with Madagascar

Agreement between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the Republic of Madagascar on the Delimitation of Maritime Areas situated between La Réunion and Madagascar, signed at Saint-Denis on 14 April 2005 (see Law of the Sea Bulletin 71, p. 43) (entry into force 18 June 2007)

with Mauritius
Convention between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of Mauritius on the delimitation of the French and Mauritian economic zones between the islands of Reunion and Mauritius, with annexes, 2 April 1980 (entry into force: 2 April 1980; registration #: 20620; registration date: 1 December 1981; link to UNTS)
with Monaco
Exchange of letters on settlement of problems concerning the delimitation of Monegasque territorial waters constituting an agreement relating to article 4 of the Treaty of 17 July 1918 establishing the relations of France with the Principality of Monaco, 18 May 1963 (entry into force: 18 May 1963; registration #: 26261; registration date: 4 November 1988; link to UNTS)
Convention on Maritime Delimitation Agreement between the Government of His Most Serene Highness the Prince of Monaco and the Government of the French Republic (with map), 16 February 1984 (entry into force: 22 August 1985; registration #: 23631; registration date: 22 November 1985; link to UNTS)
with Solomon Islands
Agreement on maritime delimitation between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the Solomon Islands, 12 November 1990 (entry into force: 12 November 1990; registration #: 27851; registration date: 24 January 1991; link to UNTS)
with Spain
Convention between France and Spain on the delimitation of the territorial sea and the contiguous zone in the Bay of Biscay (Golfe de Gascogne/Golfo de Vizcaya) (with map), 29 January 1974 (entry into force: 5 April 1975; registration #: 14592; registration date: 19 February 1976; link to UNTS)
Convention between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the Spanish State on the delimitation of the continental shelves of the two States in the Bay of Biscay (Golfe de Gascogne/Golfo de Vizcaya) (with annex, exchange of letters and map), 29 January 1974; (entry into force: 5 April 1975; registration #: 14591; registration date: 19 February 1976; link to UNTS)
Exchange of letters constituting an agreement between France and Spain amending Annex V of the Convention of 28 December 1858 supplementary to the Treaty on delimitation of 2 December 1856 delimiting the frontier from the mouth of the Bidassoa to the point where the department of Basses-Pyrénées adjoins Aragon and Navarre,  Paris, 22 September 1987 and Madrid, 10 June 1988 (entry into force: 10 June 1988; registration #: 24356; registration date: 1 May 1989; link to UNTS)
Exchange of letters constituting an agreement amending Annex V of the Convention of 28 December 1858 supplementary to the Treaty on delimitation of 2 December 1856 delimiting the frontier from the mouth of the Bidassoa to the point where the department of Basses-Pyrénées adjoins Aragon and Navarre, Madrid, 31 January and 7 February 1985 (entry into force: 7 February 1985; registration #: 24356; registration date: 1 May 1989; link to UNTS)
with Saint Lucia
Convention on delimitation between the Government of the French Republic (Martinique) and the Government of Saint Lucia, 4 March 1981; (entry into force: 4 March 1981; registration #: 20780; registration date: 25 February 1982; link to UNTS)
with Seychelles
Agreement between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the Republic of Seychelles concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary of the Exclusive Economic Zone and the Continental Shelf of France and of Seychelles, 17 February 2001 (entry into force: 19 February 2001; registration #: 37782; registration date: 29 October 2001; link to UNTS)
with Tonga
Convention between the Government of the French Republic (Wallis and Futuna) and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga on the delimitation of economic zones, 11 January 1980 (entry into force: 11 January 1980; registration #: 18960; registration date: 27 June 1980; link to UNTS)
with Tuvalu
Exchange of notes between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Tuvalu and the French Embassy in Suva constituting an Agreement concerning provisional maritime delimitation between the two countries, 6 August - 5 November 1985 (entry into force: 5 November 1985; registration #: 25964; registration date: 6 June 1988; link to UNTS)

with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Agreement between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland relating to the delimitation of the continental shelf in the area east of 30 minutes west of the Greenwich Meridian, 24 June 1982 (entry into force: 4 February 1983; registration #: 21923; registration date: 31 May 1983; link to UNTS)
Exchange of notes constituting an agreement amending the above-mentioned Agreement, Paris, 21 and 27 March 1990 (entry into force: 27 March 1990; registration #: 21923; registration date: 30 October 1990; link to UNTS)
Convention on maritime boundaries between the Government of the French Republic (Tuamotu Archipelago) and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, Oeno Islands), 25 October 1983 (entry into force: 12 April 1984; registration #: 23067; registration date: 4 September 1984; link to UNTS)
Agreement between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland relating to the delimitation of the territorial sea in the Straits of Dover, 2 November 1988 (entry into force: 6 April 1989; registration #: 26858; registration date: 6 October 1989; link to UNTS)
Agreement between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland relating to the completion of the delimitation of the continental shelf in the southern North Sea, 23 July 1991 (entry into force: 17 March 1992; registration #: 29182; registration date: 22 October 1992; link to UNTS)
Exchange of notes constituting an agreement concerning the activities of fishermen in the vicinity of the Channel Islands and the French coast of the Cotentin Peninsula and, in particular, on the Schole Bank (with annex and lists), 10 July 1992 (entry into force: 10 July 1992; registration #:  30858; registration date: 28 March 1994; link to UNTS)
Exchange of notes constituting an agreement concerning the creation and delimitation of an economic zone around the Islands of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno, 17 December 1992 and 19 January 1993 (entry into force: 1 February 1993; registration #: 30859; registration date: 28 March 1994; link to UNTS)
Exchange of notes constituting an agreement concerning negotiations on the line of maritime delimitation in the area lying between Jersey and France (with map), 28 January 1994 (entry into force: 28 January 1994; registration #: 30931; registration date: 29 April 1994; link to UNTS)
Agreement on maritime delimitation between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning Guadeloupe and Montserrat, 27 June 1996 (entry into force: 15 January 1997; registration #: 36143; registration date: 7 October 1999; link to UNTS)
Agreement on maritime delimitation between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy on one hand, and Anguilla on the other, 27 June 1996 (entry into force: 15 January 1997; registration #: 36144; registration date: 7 October 1999; link to UNTS)

with Venezuela

Delimitation Treaty between the Government of the French Republic (Martinique and Guadeloupe) and the Government of the Republic of Venezuela (with map ) 17 July 1980 (entry into force: 28 January 1983; registration #: 21969; registration date: 27 June 1983; link to UNTS)

Other relevant material

France - Canada

Agreement establishing a court of arbitration for the purpose of carrying out the delimitation of maritime areas, 30 March 1989
Arbitration award relating to the delimitation of maritime areas between Canada and the French Republic, 10 June 1992
France - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Agreement on Arbitration signed on 10 July 1975
Arbitration award relating the Shelf boundary in the Western Channel approaches (France, United Kingdom), Court of arbitration, 30 June 1977
Arbitration award relating to the scope of the decision of the 30 June 1977 (France, United Kingdom), Court of arbitration,14 March 1978

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