Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, December 4, 2014)

Attractiveness – Exhibition devoted to the France of tomorrow (Paris, December 4 to 7, 2014)
Environment – India – Thirty years after the Bhopal chemical disaster (December 3, 2014)
Myanmar/ Burma – Ms. Annick Girardin’s visit to the Women's Forum Myanmar-ASEAN (Naypyidaw, December 5, 2014)
Afghanistan – Ministerial conference (London, December 3 to 4, 2014)
Climate – New climate projections for 2050
Somalia – Attack in Mogadishu (December 3, 2014)


Attractiveness – Exhibition devoted to the France of tomorrow (Paris, December 4 to 7, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will inaugurate the “ExpOsons la France, tous visionnaires” event at the Grand Palais at 7:30 pm today.

40,000 visitors are expected to attend this event which will feature a wide range of French innovations and creative works in all fields (sustainable cities, robotics, digital technology, gastronomy, design, wood products, etc.). There will be a special focus on job creation opportunities, notably for young people. The event will provide an opportunity to highlight our country’s advantages and the quality of our researchers and entrepreneurs.

Interested journalists are invited to send accreditation requests to sibylle@agenceraoul.com or mathilde@agenceraoul.com


Environment – India – Thirty years after the Bhopal chemical disaster (December 3, 2014)

On December 3, 1984, the release of more than 40 tons of toxic gas into the atmosphere in Bhopal caused a disaster of unprecedented proportions.

France remembers the many victims. It would like once again to reaffirm its solidarity with all those who, 30 years later, are still suffering from the consequences of the tragedy.

The Bhopal disaster heightened awareness among the international community of the need for the principle of social and environmental responsibility. Regulations on classified installations were considerably strengthened in France and in Europe. International cooperation in this area was developed. France and the EU actively support the international conventions on chemicals and waste and the 1992 Helsinki Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents. Social and environmental responsibility also became a criterion for the implementation of our official development assistance: The French Development Agency therefore systematically assesses the environmental and social impact of the projects that it finances.


Myanmar/ Burma – Ms. Annick Girardin’s visit to the Women's Forum Myanmar-ASEAN (Naypyidaw, December 5, 2014)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will travel to Burma today in order to participate in the Women's Forum Myanmar-ASEAN 2014 which will take place on December 5 in Naypyidaw, in the presence of Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chair of the Rule of Law Committee and the National League for Democracy.

The theme of this forum, which will be co-hosted by the Embassy of France in Yangon, is “The role of women in societies in transition.”

On this occasion, Ms. Girardin will meet with President Thein Sein and several members of the Burmese government in order to discuss cooperation projects in the fields of health and sanitation.

Ms. Girardin will visit several projects supported by the French Development Agency and will exchange views with NGOs and businesses on the issue of social and environmental responsibility. A meeting with French-speaking students is also scheduled to take place in Yangon.


Afghanistan – Ministerial conference (London, December 3 to 4, 2014)

A ministerial conference on Afghanistan is taking place in London from December 3 to 4, 2014, under the co-chairmanship of Afghanistan and the UK. It follows on from the conference in Tokyo in July 2012. The new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, and Afghanistan’s new chief executive officer, Dr. Abdullah, are participating in the conference.

In the context of Afghanistan’s political, security and economic transition, this conference will provide an opportunity for the new national unity government to present its economic program and its reform plan, which the international community intends to support. A joint statement will be adopted following the meeting.

Mr. Christian Masset, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, is attending this conference. France would like to lend its support to the reform plan presented by President Ghani and reaffirms its long-term commitment to the development of Afghanistan, within the framework of the friendship and cooperation treaty that has linked our two countries since 2012.


Climate – New climate projections for 2050

The new climate projections released by the World Meteorological Organization and Météofrance for 2050, with peak temperatures above 40°C in France, provide a dramatic illustration of the consequences of climate disruption if measures are not taken to limit global warming to 2°C or less.

Weather reports based on these forecasts broadcast this morning by media outlets all over the world clearly demonstrate the very real issues at stake in the negotiations under way in Lima within the framework of the 20th Climate Conference. As Mr. Laurent Fabius stated, “we are the last generation that can take action.”

Next week, Mr. Laurent Fabius will take part in these negotiations that are key to reaching a universal agreement on the fight against climate disruption in Paris in December 2015 (COP21).


Somalia – Attack in Mogadishu (December 3, 2014)

France condemns the attack perpetrated on December 3, 2014, against a UN convoy near Mogadishu Airport, which killed 4 Somali civilians and injured 9 others.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and assure the Somali authorities and people of our solidarity. The perpetrators of this horrific act must be brought to justice.

France pays tribute to the action of the Somali police force and army, as well as the African Union mission in Somalia, aimed at restoring peace and security. Together with its partners, it stands alongside the Somali Federal Government in its fight against terrorism.