Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, December 8, 2014)

Union for the Mediterranean – Election of Ms. Élisabeth Guigou as president of the Anna Lindh Foundation (December 5, 2014)
Sudan

Union for the Mediterranean – Election of Ms. Élisabeth Guigou as president of the Anna Lindh Foundation (December 5, 2014)

We congratulate Ms. Élisabeth Guigou, Chair of the National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee, on her election on December 5 as president of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures. On January 1, 2015, she will succeed Mr. André Azoulay, who has held this post since 2008 and whose exceptional commitment has helped make the Foundation a crucial player in Euro-Mediterranean relations.

The Anna Lindh Foundation was established in 2004 by the 43 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean and the European Commission. Its purpose is to promote intercultural dialogue and respect for diversity, with the aim of fostering mutual understanding. It is active in the fields of education, culture, science and communications as well as with respect to cross-cutting issues such as human rights, sustainable development, women’s rights, gender equality and youth.

Sudan

France is concerned at the arrest in Sudan on December 6 of two opposition figures, Farouk Abou Issa and Amin Makki Madani.
France, together with the African Union and the international community, reaffirms that the only way to re-establish peace, stability and democracy in Sudan is through the national dialogue launched by the authorities.