Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - April 24, 2017)
• First round of the presidential elections – Voting by French nationals abroad
• Afghanistan – Attack on army base (April 21, 2017)
• Maldives – Murder of blogger Yameen Rasheed (April 23, 2017)
An incident involving an OSCE observation mission patrol took place this morning in Pryshyb (district of Luhansk), in Ukraine, leaving, at this point, one person dead and two others injured. The especially serious nature of this incident demonstrates once again how unstable the situation in eastern Ukraine remains.
France extends its heartfelt condolences to the victim’s family as well as to the OSCE and all of its personnel. It wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
It strongly condemns any interference with the successful accomplishment of OSCE’s mission. Those responsible for any obstruction of this kind must be identified and brought to justice.
I call on all parties to the conflicts, especially the separatists, to guarantee the OSCE mission free, safe and unimpeded access within their area of responsibility and to commit themselves to implementing the Minsk agreements, the only way to resolve the conflict. France and Germany will—within the Normandy format—tirelessly continue their efforts to that end.
French nationals abroad registered on the consular electoral list voted on April 23 and 24 in the first round of the presidential election.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its diplomatic and consular network worked hard to allow our compatriots living abroad to vote. 866 polling stations in 450 locations around the world were open, representing an increase of more than 10% compared to 2012.
Initial indications suggest that voter turnout was 44% of the 1.3 million eligible voters, i.e. six percentage points higher than in the first round of the 2012 presidential election.
The results will be available on the Ministry of Interior’s website at the following address:
France condemns the attack on a military base near Mazar-e-Sharif on April 21 that left more than 100 dead and dozens injured.
In these tragic circumstances, France offers its condolences to the victims’ families.
It reaffirms its support for the Afghan authorities in their fight against terrorism and applauds the courage of Afghan forces.
France condemns the cowardly murder, on April 23 in Malé, of Maldivian blogger Yameen Rasheed, a champion of free expression and religious tolerance.
We offer his family our condolences and call on the Maldivian authorities to thoroughly investigate this heinous act.
France reiterates its commitment to fundamental rights and the freedom of expression.