Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, January 27, 2014)

Egypt – Violence
Gaza – Violence
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (January 27, 2014)
Central African Republic

Egypt – Violence

France condemns the violence that has marked Egypt in recent days, leaving several people dead during terrorist attacks against the security forces and dozens more during demonstrations on the 3rd anniversary of the revolution of January 25, 2011.

France expresses its sympathy to the victims’ families. It reaffirms its condemnation of terrorism, irrespective of the perpetrators or motives.

France calls for respect for the freedom of assembly and the freedom to demonstrate and reaffirms the duty to exercise this right in a peaceful manner. It reaffirms its support for the process under way that should lead to the establishment of democratic and civilian institutions that will guarantee fundamental freedoms. These institutions must be open to all political movements that reject violence, in accordance with the commitments undertaken in the road map and the principles enshrined in the constitution. 

 

Gaza – Violence

France is concerned at the increase in violence that has led to the death of civilians in recent weeks in the Gaza Strip.

It calls for restraint and for efforts to prevent any action likely to result in further casualties.   

 

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (January 27, 2014)

On the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust and for the Prevention of Crimes against Humanity, France reaffirms its attachment to the fight against anti-Semitism as well as the active promotion of efforts to preserve, and pass on to new generations in France and throughout the world, the memory of the Holocaust.

France is a member of the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance), the intergovernmental organization that promotes actions devoted to Holocaust education, research and remembrance. As such, it actively supports the “Aladdin Project” launched at UNESCO in 2009, which aims to increase awareness of the Holocaust throughout the world, notably by translating certain major texts into Arabic, such as Primo Levi’s “If This Is a Man.” This initiative became a reality thanks to the Foundation for the Memory of the Holocaust, which plays an irreplaceable role.

France also supports the initiatives which, like the partnership between the Institut français and the Shoah Memorial, aim to raise awareness of Holocaust remembrance.

 

Central African Republic

Is France, like the United States, considering taking targeted sanctions against the perpetrators of violence in the Central African Republic?

On France’s initiative, the UN Security Council should adopt a draft resolution tomorrow, which will provide for the introduction of a sanctions regime.

These sanctions target individuals who undermine peace and stability and obstruct the political transition process in the Central African Republic, by fueling violence, violating human rights and international humanitarian law and taking part in the plundering of the country’s resources.

The Security Council will thereby send a very strong message to those individuals who obstruct the joint efforts of the African Union, the UN and the EU to restore stability in the Central African Republic.

France also reaffirms that the introduction of sanctions is on top of the legal proceedings against the perpetrators of human rights violations. All those responsible for atrocities must be held accountable. The fight against impunity is a crucial element of the reconciliation.