Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, June 23, 2014)

Transatlantic partnership – Fleur Pellerin’s meeting with civil society (June 20, 2014)
Egypt
Somalia – Murder of a journalist (June 21, 2014)


Transatlantic partnership – Fleur Pellerin’s meeting with civil society (June 20, 2014)

On June 20, Ms. Fleur Pellerin, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, brought together NGOs, associations, industry associations and unions in order to provide an update on the negotiations on the transatlantic partnership.

On this occasion, the minister of state reaffirmed France’s position with respect to the main points: non-tariff barriers, access to government contracts and reciprocity, geographical indications, exclusion of audiovisual services, preservation of collective preferences and European standards on health safety matters, and sensitive agricultural products.

Fleur Pellerin called on civil society to remain mobilized in order to contribute to the debates centering on this long and complex negotiation.

Egypt

We are concerned at the confirmation of the death sentences handed down to 183 people who participated in the protests in August. France reaffirms its opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances.

We are also concerned about the harsh prison sentences handed down to the Al Jazeera journalists.

France reaffirms its attachment to the freedom of expression, the freedom of the press and the freedom to demonstrate. The Egyptian authorities must ensure their protection and ensure that the defendants receive a fair trial that is based on an independent investigation and respects the rights of the defense, in accordance with the provisions of the Egyptian constitution and international standards.

France reaffirms its support for the transition process in Egypt aimed at the establishment of democratic and civil institutions that will guarantee the rule of law and civil liberties.


Somalia – Murder of a journalist (June 21, 2014)

France condemns the murder of Yusuf Keynan, a journalist working for the private radio station, Mustaqbal, in Mogadishu on June 21.

We call on the Somali authorities to do everything possible to identify and prosecute the perpetrators of this crime.

France is committed to the freedom of the press all over the world and reaffirms its solidarity with and support for the Somali journalists who continue to courageously carry out their work under extremely difficult conditions.