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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - January 19, 2017)

Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - January 19, 2017)

Published on March 16, 2015

Italy / Earthquake, avalanche – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault

I was extremely saddened to learn that an earthquake had again hit central Italy today; the region has already been severely affected by heavy snow. This tremor caused a deadly avalanche which buried a hotel in Farindola (province of Pescara), resulting in a large number of casualties.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families.

I would like to express France’s solidarity with the Italian authorities and people who have been plunged once again into mourning.

We stand alongside Italy at this difficult time and stand ready to offer our assistance.

Our embassy is mobilized to provide our compatriots in Italy with any support that may be needed.


Iraq – Battle for Mosul

France pays tribute to the courage and effectiveness of the Iraqi security forces, which have made significant progress in recapturing the eastern parts of the city of Mosul, with the support of the international coalition against Daesh. This success should contribute to a sustainable improvement in the fate of the civilian populations.

France, which is one of the leading contributors to the coalition’s efforts within the framework of Operation Chammal, supports the Iraqi forces engaged in the battle for Mosul.

France reaffirms its full support for the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the fight against terrorism and in its efforts to work toward national reconciliation.


Russia – Freedom of the press (January 19, 2017)

France is concerned at the threats made by the speaker of parliament of the Republic of Chechnya directed at Grigory Shvedov, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Caucasian Knot.

France reaffirms its commitment to the freedom of expression, the freedom of the press and the protection of journalists everywhere.

We call on the Russian authorities, to guarantee the freedom of expression and ensure the protection of journalists, notably those working for Caucasian Knot.


Iran – Collapse of a high-rise building (January 19, 2017)

The collapse of a high-rise building in Tehran on January 19 has resulted in a large number of casualties, notably including firefighters.

France assures Iran of its solidarity and extends its condolences to the victims’ families.

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