But Australia academics say the president's motivations have more to do with French politics and that France is 'fairly peripheral' to region.
Macron due to discuss security in Pacific where France has significant interests, with both countries concerned over rising Chinese influence.
Bullecourt in northern France was scene of heaviest Australian losses in war in battle that became symbolic of incompetence of British generals.
French lobbying, including by François Hollande and 'a bus full of generals', helped win €34bn Australian deal over low-key German rival bid.
The 12 Shortfin Barracuda submarines will be built by French defence and naval group DCNS in Adelaide using Australian steel.
Officials from Malaysia, China, Australia and France hold meeting in Paris to discuss progress of investigation into missing plane.
Last year, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Amnesty International denounced the appalling conditions at an Australian immigration centre in Papua New Guinea, one of two offshore Pacific camps used by Australia to detain and process migrants' demands for asylum. But the alarm went unheeded, and in February this year a revolt by the detainees led to a bloody confrontation that left one 23 year-old Iranian asylum seeker dead, and 77 other people injured, some by gunshot and machete blows. Mediapart has gained access to a series of photos of the injured detainees and witness accounts of the tragic events on February 16th and 17th which received little coverage outside of Australia. Carine Fouteau reports on the inhumane and humiliating treatment Australia reserves for asylum seekers, one of whom, an Iraqi national aged 43, told Amnesty International that, given their fate, “if we had died in the ocean, that would have been better.”
The visit, in recognition of 'key role' Australia is playing in the world, will take place around the G20 summit in Brisbane in November 2014.
The woman who inspired novel 'Charlotte Gray' wanted her ashes to be left in the forest where she played a key role against German occupation.