Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, November 12, 2014)

Nigeria – Attack on a school (November 10, 2014)
Yemen – Attacks
Central African Republic – Conclusions of the International Contact Group (Bangui, November 11, 2014)
Cultural network update – United Kingdom - South Ken Kids Festival (London, November 17 to 23, 2014)


Nigeria – Attack on a school (November 10, 2014)

France condemns the attack targeted against a secondary school in Potiskum (north-eastern Nigeria) on November 10 which exacted a tragic death toll; approximately 50 people were killed.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families as well as to the Nigerian authorities. The perpetrators of this barbaric act, who targeted young people, must be held accountable for their actions.

France, together with its African partners, stands alongside Nigeria in its fight against terrorism.


Yemen – Attacks

France condemns the attacks perpetrated in recent days in Yemen and extends its condolences to the victims’ families. We reaffirm our support for the Yemeni authorities and people in their fight against terrorism.

We call for national reconciliation, for the parties to reject all forms of violence and for the full implementation of the September 21 peace agreement.

In this respect, France welcomes the adoption on November 8 by the UN Security Council of a statement reiterating its support for President Hadi and Prime Minister Bahah and underlining the importance of an inclusive political transition process.


Central African Republic – Conclusions of the International Contact Group (Bangui, November 11, 2014)

France welcomes the conclusions of the meeting of the International Contact Group on the Central African Republic, which confirm the international community’s commitment to resolving the crisis.

We reaffirm our support for the transitional authorities, which must complete the tasks for which they are responsible, especially the preparation of the elections and the political dialogue within the framework of the Bangui forum.

France is mobilized, alongside its partners, to ensure that peace and security are swiftly restored in the Central African Republic.


Cultural network update – United Kingdom - South Ken Kids Festival (London, November 17 to 23, 2014)

The 17th edition of the South Ken Kids Festival devoted to children’s literature will take place from November 17 to 23 at the Institut français du Royaume-Uni in London. Every year, this event provides an opportunity for French authors and publishers to meet with British authors and the British public.

With more than 20 artists and around 50 events, the South Ken Kids Festival is a one-of-a-kind event. Its success is due both to the reputation of the French and British authors that it features as well as the strength of its partnerships with London schools, enabling students to discover the book industry and its professions. Schools can therefore host publishers, authors and illustrators or provide students with the opportunity to attend the numerous events organized by the Institut français.

This year’s program will include meetings with authors, digital workshops, screenings of animated films, a bilingual play and the “Drawing Duos,” an improvised drawing event featuring two French and British illustrators; their drawings will be projected onto the big screen.

For more information please visit:

http://www.institutfrancais.com/sites/default/files/images/brochure_skkf_basse_def_web.pdf