The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris - May 28, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Nigeria - Laurent Fabius to attend the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari (May 29, 2015)

◢  Romania - Meeting between Harlem Désir and his counterpart (Paris, May 28, 2015)

◢  United Nations - Adoption of a resolution at the Security Council on the safety of journalists (May 27, 2015)

◢  United States - Abolition of the death penalty in the state of Nebraska (May 27, 2015)

◢  Cultural network update - United States - Films on the Green Festival in New York (May 29 - July 31, 2015)

 
Nigeria - Laurent Fabius to attend the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari (May 29, 2015)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Abuja, Nigeria, on May 29, where he will represent President Hollande at the inauguration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, which will be attended by numerous heads of state and government leaders from all over the world.

He will thereby pay tribute to Nigeria's democracy, following exemplary elections which serve as a powerful symbol for the entire African continent. Laurent Fabius will assure Muhammadu Buhari of our commitment to continue supporting Nigeria and its neighbors—Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin—notably in their determination to restore security and put an end to the threat posed by the terrorist sect Boko Haram.

He will also talk about our bilateral relations. Nigeria, which is the largest economy in Africa, is France's most important sub-Saharan trading partner; our trade is worth almost €6 billion per year.

This event will also provide an opportunity for Laurent Fabius, COP21 President, to discuss the issues at stake at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference with President Buhari and the leaders present in Abuja.



Romania - Meeting between Harlem Désir and his counterpart (Paris, May 28, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today receive George Ciamba, his Romanian counterpart.

Mr. Désir and Mr. Ciamba will discuss key European issues, notably the response to the migration challenges and the fight against terrorism. They will also take stock of preparations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, the situation in the Western Balkan countries and the strengthening of French-Romanian bilateral cooperation, especially in the economic sphere.

Following this meeting, they will travel to Guyancourt to visit the Renault Technocentre research center, one of the largest foreign investors in Romania.



United Nations - Adoption of a resolution at the Security Council on the safety of journalists (May 27, 2015)

France welcomes the unanimous adoption yesterday at the Security Council of resolution 2222 on the safety of journalists.

This text extends resolution 1738 proposed by France in 2006. It defends the freedom of expression, including on the Internet, within the framework of armed conflict as well as outside conflict situations.

While 90% of crimes committed against journalists are not subject to any form of prosecution, the resolution reaffirms the importance of the fight against impunity and underscores the role that the International Criminal Court could play in this respect.

Lastly, it calls on the peacekeeping operations to report to the United Nations on the violence perpetrated against media professionals.



United States - Abolition of the death penalty in the state of Nebraska (May 27, 2015)

France welcomes the adoption in Nebraska of a law abolishing the death penalty. Nebraska therefore becomes the 19th U.S. state to abolish capital punishment.

While support is growing in the United States for a moratorium on executions, we encourage all of the authorities concerned to initiate a debate on the abolition of the death penalty.

France, which is consistently opposed to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances, urges all states that continue to impose this inhuman punishment to establish a moratorium with a view toward definitive abolition.



Cultural network update - United States - Films on the Green Festival in New York (May 29 - July 31, 2015)

The 8th edition of the Films on the Green Festival organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the French-American Cultural Exchange Foundation and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation opens tomorrow in New York.

As in previous years, 10 films will be screened at sunset every Friday until July 31 in various parks around the city (Central Park, Riverside Park, Washington Square Park, Transmitter Park in Brooklyn, etc.). This outdoor festival has been bringing classic and contemporary French cinema to New Yorkers since 2008. The festival celebrates a different theme every year, from the environment to musicals and literary adaptations.

This new edition will highlight the Mediterranean, with French and French-language films from around the Mediterranean. From the Côte d'Azur to Lebanon, Tunisia and the Algerian coast, the Films on the Green Festival will invite the audience to take a tour around the Mediterranean, kicking off with Roger Vadim's "And God Created Woman," which made Brigitte Bardot famous.

For more information, please visit: http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/festivals/films-green-2015


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