Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson
(excerpts)

(Paris, August 2, 2007)

[Please note that only the original French text issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs may be considered official.]


LIBYA

Q - Did France know about the fact that the Bulgarian medics, before they could leave Tripoli, had to sign a document renouncing legal proceedings against Libya for torture? Do you think such a document has legal value?

I refer you on this point to statements made by the president’s spokesman.

RWANDA

Q - Are you worried that the French court decision to release two Rwandan nationals sought by the ICTR will jeopardize the start of rapprochement between Paris and Kigali?

I don’t have to comment on a judicial decision. I will simply point out that the two people in question remain under judicial supervision.

We hope that the rapprochement between Paris and Kigali, which we want and which is apparently also wanted by the Rwandan authorities, will not be brought into question.

LEBANON

Q - Can you confirm that your ambassador to Lebanon met with President Lahoud today in Beirut? If so, is this visit a sign of a change of attitude on France’s part with respect to President Lahoud?

French Ambassador to Lebanon Bernard Emié is leaving and paid a visit to President Lahoud before his departure as a matter of protocol. It was a protocol visit which doesn’t change anything in French policy with respect to President Lahoud. Our ambassador paid a courtesy visit, an international gesture, as his European counterparts leaving Lebanon have done before him./.

Embassy of France, August 2, 2007