Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, March 3, 2014)

Ms. Yamina Benguigui’s participation in the second Francophone Women's Forum (Kinshasa, March 3 to 4, 2014)
Libya – Attack against the General National Congress by armed protesters (March 2, 2014)

Ms. Yamina Benguigui’s participation in the second Francophone Women's Forum (Kinshasa, March 3 to 4, 2014)

Ms. Yamina Benguigui, Minister Delegate for la Francophonie and Personal Representative of the President of the French Republic for la Francophonie, will participate from today in the second World Francophone Women's Forum in Kinshasa.

This event will bring together hundreds of women from throughout the French-speaking world as well as high-ranking political figures such as Ms. Catherine Samba Panza, Transitional President of the Central African Republic, and Ms. Aminata Touré, Prime Minister of Senegal.

Following the first forum in Paris in March 2013 on the theme of violence against women in situations of conflict, this second forum will be devoted to the role of women in development and will be structured around three workshops: women and education, the empowerment of women, and women and peace. In particular, it will deal with the education of girls up to the age of 16.

This is a priority of our diplomatic action. Ms. Benguigui has requested that a solemn declaration with specific reference to the rights of women be adopted at the next Francophonie Summit to be held in Dakar in November 2014 on the theme of “Women and young people: vectors of peace, development actors.”

 

Libya – Attack against the General National Congress by armed protesters (March 2, 2014)

France condemns the acts of violence perpetrated against the General National Congress and its members, who are the representatives of Libya. It reaffirms its support for the Libyan authorities and the democratic transition process.

France calls on the Libyan people to reject violence and to work together to continue establishing the rule of law, in accordance with the principles of the revolution of February 17, 2011.