Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, November 4, 2013)

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President Rafael Correa of Ecuador will begin his official visit to France on Wednesday. In his view, what is the status of relations between our two nations? What is the medium and long-term outlook? Do you have the schedule of official activities?

With respect to President Correa’s detailed schedule of official activities, it’s up to the Office of the Presidency of the Republic to announce it.

French-Ecuadorian relations are being revitalized, as evidenced by the most recent ministerial meetings (notably involving the justice, trade and interior ministers) over the last few months. President Correa’s official visit will focus on political and economic relations, as well as on cooperation, notably in the areas of research, student mobility, security and tourism, etc. Numerous agreements will be signed in the areas of culture, scientific research and the social economy.

In addition to his meetings with President Hollande, the prime minister, the presidents of the Senate and the Assembly, the mayors of Paris and Lyon, President Correa will meet with French entrepreneurs, participate in a seminar on research and give a lecture at the Sorbonne.

Approximately 2,200 French citizens currently live in Ecuador. The Ecuadorian community in France, for its part, numbers approximately 5,000 members.

A dozen French companies currently operate in Ecuador. Our trade with this country increased by 13% in 2012.


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Is it true that France is, like the UK, opposed to the creation of a European Public Prosecutor's Office?

We have taken note of the adoption by the Senate on October 29 of a resolution on the creation of a European Public Prosecutor's Office. This resolution reaffirms the Senate’s support for the creation of a European Public Prosecutor's Office, while expressing reservations about respect for the principle of subsidiarity.

As you know, France is unswervingly committed to the creation of a European Public Prosecutor's Office, which would notably help combat crimes affecting the financial interests of the European Union. The European Public Prosecutor's Office should be based on the operating methods of the member states and have a collegial structure that will guarantee its independence and its effectiveness.

Together with Germany, we proposed a common approach that provides for a European Public Prosecutor's Office that has a collegial structure. This approach aims to support the work of an informal group of 12 EU member states.