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Official speeches and statements - November 14, 2016

Published on November 14, 2016

1. Tunisia - Statement by Mr. François Hollande, President of the Republic, following his meeting with Mr Youssef Chahed, Prime Minister of Tunisia (Paris - November 10, 2016)

Ladies and gentlemen,

This morning I had a meeting with Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed; it was his first visit here to France with members of his government, his first visit to Europe, and I assured him of France’s utmost support, because in the situation we’re experiencing, France is there and alongside Tunisia. It always has been there: when it was necessary to support the political process, which was exemplary and which ensured Tunisia could carry out its revolution, its transition, its elections, and establish its institutions while becoming a benchmark for the world, to such an extent that the Nobel [Peace] Prize was awarded to the famous Quartet, which was regarded as a symbol. France is there and always has been there to support Tunisian democracy’s efforts to develop. We issued - I myself announced it - an exceptional plan for Tunisia by the French Development Agency, ensuring it could now deploy its resources for very practical projects in Tunisia. France is there because it’s Tunisia’s main partner, main investor, main donor, and we think Tunisia is a country with considerable strengths which must be supported by our businesses, and that’s also the purpose of the contacts made by the Prime Minister with French businesses, and we encourage them to invest in Tunisia.

We’re also paying special attention because France is also there for security, in relation, sadly, to the difficult times Tunisia and France have been through, with the murderous terrorist acts in our respective countries and the situation in the region, and what’s happening in Libya, which requires us to find solutions for that country neighbouring Tunisia. We’re acting to support Prime Minister Sarraj and ensure there can be unity and an end to these conflicts, because the fight against terrorism is a dimension of our relationship. France supports, trains, equips Tunisia when it’s called on to [help it] face up - ever more effectively - to terrorism.

Lastly, France is there and will be there for the great event that Tunisia 2020 will be, because that’s where investors from all over the world will show that Tunisia is moving forwards, that Tunisia isn’t only an area where freedom reigns, where reforms have been accomplished, where tourism is picking up again, but that Tunisia has considerable capacity for growth and development.

That’s what I wanted to say: there are uncertainties, there’s a situation that has just occurred in the United States, France is there, it’s playing its role fully and will shoulder its responsibilities everywhere. We’re also showing this with regard to Tunisia, just as we’re showing it with regard to situations where there may be major risks for peace. But France is also there to act on the development front, and what we’re doing for Tunisia is an example of that. What we’re going to embark on in Africa, including with COP22 in Marrakesh, will be a new demonstration of this. France is also there to support all efforts for security and to combat terrorism. Finally, France is there to uphold values, principles, ideals, and particularly those of democracy, and we’ve demonstrated this once again in working with Tunisia. That’s why, in a context where a lot of people are questioning things, there’s one certainty: that France is there and is playing its role. Thank you.


2. United States of America - US election - Letter from Mr. François Hollande, President of the Republic, to Mr. Donald Trump, President-elect of the United States of America (Paris - November 9, 2016)

Dear President-elect Trump,

The American people have just spoken, electing you President of the United States.

I congratulate you on this.

I followed your first speech with close interest, particularly its message of conciliation and unity after an often brutal campaign.

The United States is a top-level partner for France. At stake are peace, the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East, economic relations and the protection of the planet.

On all these issues, I would like to embark on talks with you, without delay, in light of the values and interests we share. The friendship between our two peoples, and our shared history, will help us do this.

We must face up to the common challenges awaiting us and realize the concerns raised by the disorder in the world.

We must find answers. They must enable us to transcend fear but also respect the principles which are our foundation: democracy, freedoms and respect for every individual.


3. Climate - Paris Agreement - COP - Communiqué issued by the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs (Paris - November 7, 2016)

Mme Ségolène Royal, President of COP21, convened a two-hour meeting of the COP Bureau on the eve of the opening of COP22, in the presence of Mr Salaheddine Mezouar, Foreign Minister of Morocco and future president of COP22, and Ms Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary.

The Bureau brings together the representatives of each United Nations regional group and the chairs of the [subsidiary] bodies - provided by the UNFCCC - for scientific and technological advice (SBSTA), for implementation (SBI) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA).

This meeting of the Bureau provided an opportunity to review preparations for COP22, which is looking highly promising. Ségolène Royal recalled that 100 parties had ratified the Paris Agreement to date, accounting for nearly 70% of global emissions. There is now a need for us to focus on three areas: the climate emergency, climate justice and climate efficiency. Marrakesh will embody this strong expectation by being the COP of action.

The groups’ chairs gave a presentation of how their work is progressing and signalled the very constructive approach that drives it. The COP21 President thanked them for grasping the full extent of the climate emergency and for resolving to speed up work.

The first meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1) will be held on 15 November. The United Nations Secretary-General, the President of the National Assembly, around 60 heads of state and government, including the French President, and more than 70 ministers [and other] heads of delegations are expected to attend the High-Level Segment on 15 November, at the King of Morocco’s invitation; it brings together COP22, the 12th meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and the first meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement.

The COP21 President thanked the members of the Bureau for their active efforts and determination to continue promoting the inclusive, constructive spirit that is «the spirit of Paris».

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