Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, February 6, 2013)

 

Saudi Arabia – Execution of Abdallah Ben Fandi Al-Chammari (February 5, 2013)
Bulgaria - Hezbollah


Saudi Arabia – Execution of Abdallah Ben Fandi Al-Chammari (February 5, 2013)

France condemns the beheading on February 5 in Saudi Arabia of Abdallah Ben Fandi Al-Chammari, a prisoner who had been held for 30 years.

France again expresses its grave concern at the rate of executions in Saudi Arabia. With 10 executions since the beginning of 2013, Saudi Arabia is a country with one of the highest execution rates in the world. These executions contradict the global trend toward the abolition of this inhuman punishment, the deterrent value of which has never been established.

France is campaigning for the universal abolition of the death penalty and intends to be at the forefront of this struggle. As Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, reaffirmed, France   expresses its firm and constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. It again urges Saudi Arabia to put an end to the executions and to establish a moratorium.

 

Bulgaria - Hezbollah

On Tuesday, Bulgaria accused Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite movement, of being behind the anti-Israeli attack carried out on July 18, 2012, at Burgas airport. What is France’s response? Is the possibility of putting Hezbollah on the EU terrorist list being considered in France? What is France’s position now that the Bulgarian authorities have implicated Hezbollah in the attack in Burgas? And what is your response to the American, Canadian and Israeli calls for action in Europe in the face of the threat posed by the Shiite movement, and for the introduction of preventive measures?

We have taken note of the statements issued by Bulgaria’s interior minister relating to the attack in Burgas. We will draw the consequences in coordination with our European partners. Various options are under consideration.