Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, April 25, 2014)

 

Attractiveness of France as a tourist destination – Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (April 28, 2014)
World Malaria Day (April 25, 2014)


Attractiveness of France as a tourist destination – Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (April 28, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport on April 28 at 5:50 am. He will be accompanied by Mr. Augustin de Romanet, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Paris, and Mr. Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air France.

This visit will coincide with the arrival of the first daily intercontinental flights. Mr. Laurent Fabius will discuss with his interlocutors the issues relating to the attractiveness of France as a tourist destination, and notably the quality of tourist reception facilities.

After an initial series of discussions on April 22 with the professional organizations and associations involved in the tourism sector, this visit will make it possible to identify new initiatives that could contribute to the development of this sector which is crucial to France’s economic activity. Indeed, it provides around 2 million direct and indirect jobs that cannot be relocated and accounts for more than 7% of the country’s GDP, with considerable scope to increase these figures.

The visit is open to the press. For further information, please visit:

http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/salle-de-presse/communiques-techniques/article/visite-de-laurent-fabius-et-d


World Malaria Day (April 25, 2014)

On the occasion of World Malaria Day, France confirms its commitment to the fight against the major pandemics, to which France is one of the leading contributors. Malaria, which killed almost 650,000 people in 2012 and has a major economic impact, notably in sub-Saharan Africa, is a major scourge.

France is the world’s second largest donor to the fight against this disease, accounting for 16% of global efforts. It takes action through its multilateral contributions and its bilateral efforts, conducted within the framework of the 5% Initiative (managed by France Expertise Internationale), as well as by the French Development Agency and a network of researchers (notably the Institut Pasteur and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (French Research Institute for Development).

International mobilization has already made it possible to achieve major progress in the fight against the disease. In 12 years, the budgets allocated increased more than 30-fold, reaching $2 billion in 2013. Estimated needs stand at $5.1 billion per year for the period 2011-2020.