UPDATE-2015: France launched their second revised National Action Plan (NAP). The updated NAP takes into account the numerous initiatives created toward the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The updated NAP contains an additional pillar, "fighting impunity" and expanded their pillar " Developing political and diplomatic action" to "Promoting the “Women, Peace and Security” agenda regionally and internationally".
The French government developed its first National Action Plan in 2010. A second revised NAP was launched in 2015 for the period inclusive of 2015-2018.
France is currently involved in the military intervention against ISIS/Daesh; the Central African Republic civil war; and the insurgency in the Maghreb. Prior to that it also engaged in the Northern Mali conflict. France is also a contributor to international humanitarian aid, assistance, peacekeeping operations and diplomatic efforts through regional and international bodies. As such, the French NAP has been interpreted in a largely international way, seeking to mainstream the implementation of Women, Peace,and Security Agenda across these activities.
As a permanent member of the Security Council, France also has an important role to play in ensuring that Women, Peace and Security issues are integrated into the ongoing work of the Council.
From recent academic analysis: The 2010 French NAP specifies France’s action towards fulfilling the goals of UNSCR 1325. It calls for inter-ministerial and inter-institutional coordination to fulfill these goals, and includes the plan for fulfilling general European goals concerning women, peace, and security. The French NAP has four objectives, targeting the protection of women, the participation of women in conflict and post-conflict situations, raising awareness of women’s rights, and development of political and diplomatic action. The French action plan also encourages other French speaking countries in particular to develop gender policies.