The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - June 9, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Death of Jacques Parizeau - Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

◢  Benin - Meeting between Laurent Fabius and President Boni Yayi (Paris, June 9)

◢  Tourism – French language - Announcement by Matthias Fekl of “Immersion France” app (Paris, June 9)

◢  Bicentenary of the Congress of Vienna (June 2015) - Web documentary produced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development

◢  Kenya - Economic diplomacy – Matthias Fekl’s visit (Nairobi, June 10, 2015)

◢  Libya - Appeal for a political agreement

 
Death of Jacques Parizeau - Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

I was saddened to learn of the passing of the former Prime Minister of Quebec, Jacques Parizeau. I want to offer my sincere condolences to his wife, his family and all Québécois. Mr. Parizeau devoted his life to Quebec, first as the artisan of the great reforms of the Quiet Revolution, and then as Prime Minister. We have lost a great Québécois. France, with which Jacques Parizeau had strong ties since his student days in Paris, has lost a friend who strongly contributed to the development of the very special relationship between our governments, businesses and citizens. We will always remember his unwavering commitment to serving Quebec and his friendship for France.



Benin - Meeting between Laurent Fabius and President Boni Yayi (Paris, June 9)

Today Mr. Fabius is receiving Thomas Boni Yayi, president of the Republic of Benin. They will discuss preparations for the COP21, chaired by Laurent Fabius. Benin is one of 23 African countries that France is assisting, at their request, with the definition of a national contribution. Mr. Fabius and Mr. Boni Yayi will work on expanding bilateral economic exchanges. They will also review the cooperation between France and Benin, a priority recipient of our public development assistance.



Tourism – French language - Announcement by Matthias Fekl of “Immersion France” app (Paris, June 9)

This morning, during the first seminar devoted to linguistic tourism in France, Matthias Fekl, minister of state for foreign trade, the promotion of tourism and French nationals abroad, announced the launch of a new app called “Immersion France.” It will be available to the public at the end of the year. Developed by Campus France, this app is designed to facilitate the arrival of students, professionals and tourists who want to learn the French language during visits to France. A number of functions will make it easier to navigate the various types of language-learning stays: summer language programs, training in new occupations, introduction to French culture… An interactive menu and images will help locate destinations, types of classes and schedules, as well as lodging possibilities.



Bicentenary of the Congress of Vienna (June 2015) - Web documentary produced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development

The Final Act of the Congress of Vienna was signed exactly 200 years ago, on June 9, 2015. On this occasion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development has produced a web documentary available as of today at the following address: http://webdocs.diplomatie.gouv.fr/congresdevienne This documentary, which includes interviews with Laurent Fabius and several former ministers of foreign affairs, documents the diplomatic achievements of Talleyrand and the new European equilibrium that he helped establish. The “Congress of Vienna and the creation of a new Europe” exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Archives Directorate, will display, until August 31, 2015, at the Carnavalet Museum, the original of the Final Act of the Congress of Vienna of June 8, 1815, as well as many previously unpublished documents. A round table open to the public will take place in collaboration with the German Historical Institute at the Carnavalet Museum on June 16 at 3:00 pm on the theme of “Paris-Vienna, 1814-1815: unknown sources, new sources.”



Kenya - Economic diplomacy – Matthias Fekl’s visit (Nairobi, June 10, 2015)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will travel with a French business delegation to Kenya tomorrow. He will be received by President Kenyatta and Henry Rotich, Minister of Finance. Matthias Fekl will convey a message from President Hollande to his Kenyan counterpart, expressing France’s solidarity following the terrorist attacks that hit Kenya at the beginning of the year. He will take stock of bilateral academic cooperation with officials from Moi University, whose Garissa campus was tragically struck by terrorists in April. The minister of state for foreign trade, the promotion of tourism and French nationals abroad will also participate in the “East Africa Business Meetings” organized by Business France, as well as the regional meeting of our ambassadors and foreign trade advisors in East Africa. The East African Community, the Southern African Development Community, and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa now constitute a free trade area involving 26 East African states and 600 million inhabitants. Mr. Fekl will visit the production sites of Schneider Electric and L'Oréal, whose products are distributed in the region. Lastly, he will visit Nairobi National Park for the presentation of a French radio network project aimed at combating poaching and protecting biodiversity, developed with the support of our export assistance scheme.



Libya - Appeal for a political agreement

Following extensive discussions with the Libyan parties, a draft agreement has just been proposed by the special representative of the UN secretary-general. This compromise aims to enable the swift formation of a unity government in order to rebuild Libya’s institutions and economy and to fight against terrorism and criminal networks. The Libyan people are now facing a serious threat to their security, territorial integrity and sovereignty. Libya provides a fertile ground for the criminal activities of the terrorist groups. That’s why the Libyan people must, without delay, present a united front against terrorism. France urges the Libyan parties to choose compromise and unity by immediately signing this agreement. It stands alongside all Libyans who defend their country’s best interests.


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