"It's up to our African partners to define their priorities," Chirac told a joint press conference with Mbeki at the start of the South African leader's three-day state visit to France.
"But it's clear that in one way or another, Africa must be better represented on the Security Council, among the permanent and non-permanent members," the French president added.
Chirac voiced his support for the eventual enlargement of the UN body, voicing support for Germany and Japan to become permanent veto-wielding members.
Mbeki said he and Chirac did not discuss the issue and explained that African nations were still deciding how to approach the question but noted: "There will be a view that comes out of the continent".
France is one of five permanent members on the UN Security Council, along with Britain, China, Russia and the US.
Ten other non-permanent members are chosen on a regional basis for two-year Council terms.
Brazil, India and South Africa are among those states that have lobbied for a permanent seat on the council - thus far to no avail. – Sapa-AFP.