Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, October 7, 2014)

Foreign trade – Mobilization by Mr. Laurent Fabius of the French mechanism to promote exports and the attractiveness of France (Paris, October 2014)
Education - International Day of the Girl Child – Ms. Girardin’s participation in the panel discussion entitled “Learn Without Fear” (Paris, October 8)
Mali – Death of a Senegalese soldier from MINUSMA (October 7, 2014)
Lebanon – Attack in the Shebaa Farms area
Cultural network update – The “Paint in Normandy” exhibition in Croatia and Slovenia

Foreign trade – Mobilization by Mr. Laurent Fabius of the French mechanism to promote exports and the attractiveness of France (Paris, October 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius will today bring together the special representatives for trade relations with some of our partners as well as the key figures responsible for consolidating the priority export sectors.

He will also bring to a close the Invest in France Agency and Ubifrance opening sessions. The merger of these two entities into a single agency will take effect on January 1, 2015.

The strengthening of this mechanism is aimed at increasing the mobilization of state services in order to promote foreign trade and the attractiveness of France. Efforts will be continued in order to increase the proportion of French export companies (approximately 12% of all companies that provide goods and services) and boost foreign direct investment. With 20,000 foreign companies based in its territory, France ranks fourth internationally in terms of FDI stock

Education - International Day of the Girl Child – Ms. Girardin’s participation in the panel discussion entitled “Learn Without Fear” (Paris, October 8)

On the occasion of the third International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, this morning opened in Paris a panel discussion entitled “Learn Without Fear: A Major Challenge for Girls' Education,” jointly organized with the NGO “Plan International."

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is mobilized to combat school-related violence, which affects girls in particular, and is working to ensure that this issue is included in the post-2015 Development Agenda. This mobilization will continue within the framework of the Global Working Group on School-related Gender-based Violence which brings together, under the auspices of the UN, public officials, members of civil society and the research community.

Mali – Death of a Senegalese soldier from MINUSMA (October 7, 2014)

France condemns the attack which killed a Senegalese soldier from MINUSMA (UN Stabilization Mission in Mali) on October 7.

We extend our condolences to the victim’s family as well as to the Senegalese authorities. Those responsible for this crime must not go unpunished.

France again pays tribute to the work of MINSUMA and the commitment of the countries of the region, especially that of Senegal.

France, alongside the Malian authorities, its African partners and the UN, remains mobilized to contribute to the stabilization of Mali.


Lebanon – Attack in the Shebaa Farms area

France is concerned about the upsurge in tensions since October 5 in southern Lebanon along the Blue Line, and in particular about the attack - for which Hezbollah claimed responsibility yesterday - that injured Israeli and Lebanese soldiers.

We call on all parties to uphold the cessation of hostilities, to avoid any violation of the Blue Line and to fully cooperate with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). They must avoid any escalation and demonstrate restraint.

France reaffirms its attachment to the full implementation of all provisions of UNSCR 1701.


Cultural network update – The “Paint in Normandy” exhibition in Croatia and Slovenia

The “Paint in Normandy” exhibition takes place at the Klovicevi Dvori Gallery in Zaghreb from October 4, 2014, to January 5, 2015, and then at the National Gallery in Ljubljana from January 15, 2015.

This event will feature more than 90 canvases depicting Normandy, its beaches, its landscapes and its inhabitants. The public will be able to admire works by the most famous French painters: Monet, Corot, Courbet, Bonnard, Géricault, Dufy as well as Renoir.

The exhibition, organized by the Institut français in Croatia and in Slovenia with the support of Société Générale, is based on the collection compiled over a period of 20 years by the Regional Council of Basse-Normandie featuring the works of Impressionist and Fauvist painters seduced by Normandy.

For more information please visit: http://institutfrancais.hr/zagreb-fr/slikarstvo-u-normandiji/?lang=fr

Website: www.peindre-en-normandie.fr