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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - December 5, 2016)

Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - December 5, 2016)

Published on March 16, 2015


Diplomacy / Regions – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault to Lille (December 5, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will travel to Lille on Monday, December 5. He will visit the EuraTechnologies business park together with the Mayor of Lille, Martine Aubry, Pierre de Saintignon, Chairman of EuraTechnologies, First Deputy Mayor of Lille and officials from the business park.

EuraTechnologies is a 150,000 m² business park in the Bois-Blancs neighborhood which provides services to more than 200 firms, promoting economic development through the transfer of technology and innovation. The minister will visit Giroptic, which develops and sells 360-degree video recording equipment. This firm won the "Pass French Tech" award and has been selected to take part in the "Ubi i/o" initiative in San Francisco helping startups accelerate their development in the United States thanks to support provided by Business France. The minister will also meet with a panel of around 10 entrepreneurs to discuss economic challenges in the high-tech field.

The minister will conclude his visit by closing, at 5:00 pm, a seminar on cross-border cooperation on maritime safety, attended by Belgian, British, and Dutch delegations, at the prefecture of the Department of Nord.

 


Fine dining – Presentation of the second edition of "La Liste," a ranking of the 1,000 best restaurants in the world (December 5, 2016)

Under the auspices of Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the latest "La Liste" ranking of the 1,000 best restaurants in the world, as well the list of the top 10,000 restaurants offering the best value for money, will be unveiled on December 5 at the Quai d’Orsay by Philippe Faure, President of Atout France. A dedicated app is available as of today.

This initiative will raise the international profile of Paris and France, helping to promote French cuisine around the world.

 


Economic Diplomacy / Finland – The French startup CybelAngel wins the Slush100 competition (December 1, 2016)

The French startup CybelAngel, which specializes in cybersecurity, has won the competition at Finland’s Slush conference.

This company, which has some 30 employees, scans the depths of the Internet, and in particular the "dark web," for leaks of sensitive documents and signs of attacks on businesses.

A winner of the Pass FrenchTech 2015-2016, CybelAngel was selected as part of the competition’s French Pavilion.

 


Egypt

What’s your reaction to the Egyptian Parliament’s adoption of the law on NGOs on November 29?

We are concerned by the Egyptian Parliament’s adoption of the law on nongovernmental organizations that restricts their ability to operate freely.

France reiterates its commitment to the essential role played by civil society throughout the world, and to the fundamental principles that are the freedoms of expression and association, which it will continue to promote. Nations are responsible for creating and maintaining an environment favorable to the work of nongovernmental organizations.

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