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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - January 18, 2017)

Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - January 18, 2017)

Published on March 16, 2015


Algeria – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Abdelkader Messahel, Minister responsible for North African Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League of the Republic of Algeria (Paris - January 18, 2017)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will meet with Abdelkader Messahel, Minister responsible for North African Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League of the Republic of Algeria on January 18.

This meeting will notably provide an opportunity to discuss the regional crises, especially in Libya and the Sahel.

Abdelkader Messahel is currently conducting a working visit to Paris to take part in the strategic consultations between France and Algeria.

 


Middle East – Launch of the follow-up committee to the Paris conference on the victims of ethnic and religious violence (Paris - January 18, 2017)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will launch, on January 18, in the presence of parliamentarians, locally elected officials and NGOs, the third follow-up committee to the Paris conference on the victims of ethnic and religious violence in the Middle East, which took place on September 8, 2015.

Support for ethnic and religious diversity in the Middle East, notably for Eastern Christians, is a constant priority for France. France is committed to ensuring that all people in Syria and Iraq, without distinction, are able to live safely in their own countries and enjoy full citizenship.

Beyond its political and military commitment, France pursues a comprehensive policy in support of all populations of the region with due respect for their diversity: the protection of heritage, humanitarian assistance, the fight against impunity.

Jean-Marc Ayrault has decided to renew the support fund created at the Paris conference in order to help persecuted populations and to endow the fund with €10 million over two years. This will make it possible to finance projects aimed at ensuring decent living conditions for the displaced populations and refugees and, when possible, allowing their sustainable return.

 


Nigeria – Accidental bombing of a camp for displaced persons (January 17, 2017)

France was dismayed to learn of the death of a large number of Nigerian civilians and humanitarian workers on January 17 in Rann in connection with operations by the Nigerian army to combat the terrorist group Boko Haram.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and express our solidarity and support for the humanitarian organizations concerned which provide support to the civilian populations fleeing the abuses perpetrated by Boko Haram.

 


Mali – Terrorist attack (January 18, 2017)

France utterly condemns the car bomb attack carried out this morning against an army camp in Gao.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families as well as to the Malian authorities.

This attack is clearly aimed at thwarting the efforts to promote stability and the security of the populations and to undermine the trust between the signatories of the Algiers agreement. France is determined to combat all those who are trying to hinder the restoration of peace in Mali. It calls on the parties to uphold their commitment to the peace process.

 


European Union – Election of Antonio Tajani as President of the European Parliament (January 17, 2017)

France welcomes the election of Antonio Tajani as President of the European Parliament and wishes him every success in fulfilling his mandate.

His experience and his European commitment will, in his role as leader of the Strasbourg-based assembly, be key assets in responding to the challenges facing the EU.

The European Parliament is, for France, an institution that is key to providing concrete responses to the needs of European citizens, especially in the areas of security, control of the EU’s external borders, employment and investment as well as with respect to broadening the EU’s social dimension.

 


France’s appeal to investors – US

In its annual report on the morale of US investors in France, released on January 17, the American Chamber of Commerce in France confirms the country’s appeal.

Among the reasons for this are the quality of life and infrastructures, easy access to healthcare services, and the innovativeness and energy of the digital sector, with 81 percent of American leaders identifying France as an attractive destination in this area.

This sentiment was bolstered by yesterday’s announcement in Paris that Facebook would create its very first Startup Garage at Station F, the world’s largest business incubator financed by Xavier Niel and slated to open in April. It was also announced that an innovation lab would be established in partnership with Sciences Po Paris. Five startups have already been selected for a program that will eventually host some 15 fledgling entrepreneurs for six months.

Jean-Marc Ayrault welcomed members of the American Chamber of Commerce this past September.

 


Morocco – Launch of Institut Français’s new website

The Institut Français du Maroc has just launched a new website (if-maroc.org).

Designed to be modern and intuitive, it will improve interactions with the Moroccan public and provide information about our cultural activities. Digital communication is playing a growing role in the exceptional cultural ties between France and Morocco.

With 12 locations throughout the country, the Institut Français du Maroc is the largest French cultural establishment in the world.

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