The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - June 05, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Israel

◢  Brdo-Brijuni Process - Harlem Désir’s participation in the leaders’ summit (Budva, June 8, 2015)

◢  World Environment Day (June 5, 2015)

◢  Mauritius - Election of Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as president of the republic (June 4, 2015)

◢  The Netherlands - Visit by Harlem Désir (The Hague, June 8 to 9, 2015)

◢  Press – Belgium - Albert Londres Prize awarded to three French journalists (Brussels, May 30, 2015)

 
Israel

Even though it is up to the Chairman of the Orange Group to define his company’s commercial strategy, France is firmly opposed to boycotting Israel. Moreover, France and the European Union have a steadfast, well-known position on settlement activity.



Brdo-Brijuni Process - Harlem Désir’s participation in the leaders’ summit (Budva, June 8, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will travel to Montenegro on June 8 to represent President Hollande at the Brdo-Brijuni Process summit. The leaders of the seven countries of the former Yugoslavia as well as Albania will attend the summit. France has been closely involved in this process since the first leaders’ summit held in Brdo on July 25, 2013. On this occasion, President Hollande, in his capacity as guest of honor, reaffirmed his determination to see our country expand its political and economic presence in the region. The summit will provide an opportunity to review the political and security situation in the Western Balkans, strengthen regional cooperation and discuss the reforms needed to strengthen relations with the EU.



World Environment Day (June 5, 2015)

As we celebrate the 43rd World Environment Day, France reaffirms that 2015 will be a critical year for the environment. Indeed, the international community has been tasked with defining a new model of sustainable development this year: - new sustainable development objectives will be adopted in September. They must be universal and be focused on humans and their relationship with the environment; - the fight against desertification will be a key issue at the Conference of the Parties to the Rio Convention to be held in September in Turkey. Halting land degradation is a key aspect of the fight against climate disruption; - COP21 in Paris in December should finally make it possible to reach a universal and legally binding agreement and to mobilize all actors in our societies in support of the fight against climate disruption. Under the leadership of Laurent Fabius, COP21 President, France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is mobilized to that end. Laurent Fabius is in Marseille today to attend the MEDCOP21 meeting which will bring together local stakeholders from both sides of the Mediterranean committed to the fight against climate disruption. He will visit UNESCO on June 8 to open, together with Irina Bokova, World Oceans Day.



Mauritius - Election of Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as president of the republic (June 4, 2015)

France extends its warmest congratulations to Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the first female president of the Republic of Mauritius. We wish her every success in discharging the duties of her high office in the service of the people of Mauritius. France looks forward to continuing and strengthening the partnership between our two countries



The Netherlands - Visit by Harlem Désir (The Hague, June 8 to 9, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit the Netherlands from June 8 to 9. He will be received by Bert Koenders, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, with whom he will discuss migration issues, the fight against terrorism, the simplification of how the EU works and preparations for the European Council on June 25 and 26. He will also meet with officials from Europol, the European agency based in The Hague responsible for facilitating cooperation between the police forces of the 28 member states, notably with respect to the fight against terrorism and organized crime. Mr. Désir will also meet with the French business community.



Press – Belgium - Albert Londres Prize awarded to three French journalists (Brussels, May 30, 2015)

France welcomes the decision to award the Albert Londres Prize to journalists Luc Mathieu, Cécile Allegra and Delphine Deloget in Brussels on May 30. We congratulate the prizewinners. Luc Mathieu won the journalism award in the written press category for his articles about jihad for Libération. Cécile Allegra and Delphine Deloget won the journalism award in the audiovisual category for their “Voyage en Barbarie” report on Eritreans in the Sinai, broadcast on the Public Sénat channel.


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