Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, March 12, 2014)

Situation of Mr. de Villepin
Central African Republic

Situation of Mr. de Villepin

Can you confirm that former Minister de Villepin performed a day’s work at the Quai d’Orsay in September in order to claim retirement benefits? What was the exact nature of this day’s work? Can you confirm that this day’s work did indeed allow him to receive €100,000?

Please refer to the statement we made this morning:

“A decree of June 8, 2011, provided for a career termination mechanism enabling senior Foreign Ministry officials to take definitive early retirement between the ages of 58 and 62, in exchange for a sum corresponding to approximately one year’s salary.

Mr. Dominique de Villepin, a top-level minister plenipotentiary, made a request in September 2013 to make use of this system.
In accordance with the regulations in force, the government approved this request. The Minister, Laurent Fabius, had no cause to be informed of it.
The regulation ceased to be in force on December 31, 2013.”

Central African Republic

The archbishop and imam of Bangui met with Minister Drian and Minister Canfin before meeting with Mr. Fabius yesterday afternoon. Were the meetings held as a result of fears of a further escalation of violence between the anti-balaka and Seleka militias, as well as the appeal by a handful of young Muslims in Bangui to Boko Haram and al Qaeda to save Muslims in the Central African Republic?

During their meetings with the archbishop and imam of Bangui, Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Pascal Canfin discussed recent developments on the ground, the humanitarian situation and the prospect of establishing a UN peacekeeping operation.

The minister of foreign affairs and the minister for development notably expressed their support for the invaluable efforts of the religious authorities of the Central African Republic to promote dialogue, tolerance and reconciliation.

They encouraged Mgr. Nzapalainga and Imam Kobine to continue their efforts in conjunction with Reverend Nicolas Guérékoyamé-Gbangou.