Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, October 2, 2014)

Fight against the Ebola epidemic
Central African Republic
Germany – Mr. Matthias Fekl’s visit to Berlin (October 2, 2014)


Fight against the Ebola epidemic– Support for Guinea – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius and Ms. Marisol Touraine

The Ebola virus epidemic is continuing to worsen in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In accordance with President Hollande’s announcement, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Marisol Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights, and Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, are stepping up France’s commitment to supporting the Guinean authorities in the face of the health crisis by establishing an Ebola treatment center in Guinea to treat the populations most directly affected by the virus.

The center will be managed by the French Red Cross with significant support from the government (Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health, Defense and Interior), notably through the provision of health workers and a medical evacuation system. The facility will have 50 beds and a biomedical analysis laboratory set up by the Pasteur Institute as part of the project entrusted to the National Alliance for Life Sciences and Healthcare

The establishment of this center falls within the framework of France’s comprehensive action plan which now represents an effort of almost €35 million in bilateral aid for Guinea alone and more than twice that amount if we include our multilateral contributions.

The French government expressed its solidarity with the countries affected by the epidemic. It is mobilizing its efforts in the international fight against this threat to global public health. President Alpha Condé, who was received by President Hollande on Monday, reaffirmed how much he appreciated France’s support.


Central African Republic – Meeting between Ms. Girardin and Ms. Florence Limbio, CAR Minister of Economy, Planning and International Cooperation (Paris, October 2, 2014)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will meet this afternoon with Ms. Florence Limbio, CAR Minister of Economy, Planning and International Cooperation.

Following the high-level meeting on the Central African Republic on September 26 in New York, the two ministers will take stock of the implementation of international assistance and the recovery of the economy.

On this occasion, an agreement totaling €5 million will be signed to fund a project to upgrade Bangui airport that will be implemented by the French Development Agency. A major component of this project includes the use of local labor in the work to relocate the displaced persons currently living at the airport.


Germany – Mr. Matthias Fekl’s visit to Berlin (October 2, 2014)

Mr. Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will today visit Berlin to celebrate the 325th anniversary of the founding of the French lycée. This ceremony will take place in the presence of the authorities of the Berlin Senate.

Mr. Matthias Fekl is himself a former pupil of this school, which is the oldest public school in the German capital and the oldest French lycée abroad.

Following the ceremony, Mr. Fekl will hold a working meeting with the consular advisors in the Berlin-Hamburg region, the new local level of political representation for French nationals abroad.