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

Statement by M. Laurent Fabius – Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela – Communiqué issued by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs


Statement by M. Laurent Fabius – Nelson Mandela

I remind you of the Minister’s statement last night following the announcement of Nelson Mandela’s death.
“With Nelson Mandela, we mourn the passing of the father of South Africa, the pillar of the struggle for regained freedom and and for reconciliation.
Universally admired, he gave the word ‘humanity’ its full meaning.  I personally admired him all the more as the fight against apartheid has been one of the major, steadfast commitments of my life.
I wish to pay tribute to the towering charismatic leader who has left us, and I extend to his family, his friends, his country, my very deep condolences.”

Nelson Mandela – Communiqué issued by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Hanging the portrait of Nelson Mandela on [the façade of] the Foreign Ministry is intended as a tribute to this very exceptional servant of peace and fraternity, which are also France’s values.