Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, May 21, 2014)

5+5 dialogue - 11th Meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Western Mediterranean (Lisbon, May 22, 2014)
Nigeria – Attacks in Jos (May 20, 2014)
Council of Europe – Ratification by France of the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence


5+5 dialogue - 11th Meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Western Mediterranean (Lisbon, May 22, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will participate on May 22 in Lisbon in the 11th Meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Western Mediterranean. This dialogue brings together 5 countries on the northern shore (Spain, France, Italy, Malta and Portugal) and 5 countries on the southern shore (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, and Tunisia).

The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss regional issues and the common challenges faced by the 10 countries – both in the area of security, with the situation in the Sahel-Sahara region, and in the economic field. The discussions will also focus on climate change and issues relating to mobility, migration and development. The meeting will be preceded by an economic forum for Western Mediterranean companies, the second edition of which is taking place today.

The 5+5 dialogue allows the 10 Western Mediterranean countries, which are close in terms of geography, culture and history, to engage in extensive dialogue and to develop cooperation in all areas. During the summit in Malta in October 2012, President Hollande called for the development of the “Mediterranean of projects,” in order to respond to the needs of young people, notably with respect to jobs.


Nigeria – Attacks in Jos (May 20, 2014)

France condemns the attacks perpetrated yesterday that killed more than a hundred people, the majority of them women, in the city of Jos.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families. A few weeks after the despicable abduction of schoolgirls, we assure the Nigerian authorities and people of our solidarity.

France, which hosted a summit on security in Nigeria on May 17, is fully committed to implementing the plan of action adopted on this occasion. A French team is currently lending its assistance to the Nigerian government in the fight against the terrorist groups and the search for the abducted schoolgirls.


Council of Europe – Ratification by France of the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

Parliament has just authorized the ratification by France of the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The text will enter into force on August 1, 2014.

This convention provides for minimum standards on prevention, the protection of victims and the prosecution of crimes of sexual violence – including rape, physical and psychological violence, harassment, forced marriage and female genital mutilation. This convention is also the first legally-binding international text to include provisions aimed at combating the phenomenon of so-called honor crimes.

France calls on all member states of the Council of Europe that haven’t yet done so to sign and ratify the convention.