The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - June 11, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Climate – Ethiopia - Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development and COP21 President

◢  Mongolia - 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and Mongolia (June 11, 2015)

◢  Tourism - Measures supporting the growth of tourism in France (Paris, June 11)

◢  Bulgaria - Visit by Harlem Désir (Sofia, June 11 to 12, 2015)

◢  Mali - Attack in Misseni (June 10, 2015)

 
Climate – Ethiopia - Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development and COP21 President

On the occasion of the visit to France by Mongolian Minister of Foreign Affairs Purevsuren Lundeg, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive the entire diplomatic corps based in Paris, French business leaders and cultural figures today at the Domaine de La Celle Saint-Cloud for the Mongolia-France Cultural Days. This event, which will take place from June 11 to 14 and is being organized by the Mongolian Embassy and Flag-France Renaissance, is part of a process aimed at giving new momentum to exchanges between our two countries, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and Mongolia. A delegation of Mongolian artists, musicians and art masters will present a comprehensive program of Mongolian traditions that will allow French audiences to learn about the diversity of Mongolia’s culture and exceptional expertise. For more information, please visit: http://flagfrance.org/evenement-culturel/journees-culturelles-de-la-mongolie/



Mongolia - 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and Mongolia (June 11, 2015)

On the occasion of the visit to France by Mongolian Minister of Foreign Affairs Purevsuren Lundeg, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive the entire diplomatic corps based in Paris, French business leaders and cultural figures today at the Domaine de La Celle Saint-Cloud for the Mongolia-France Cultural Days. This event, which will take place from June 11 to 14 and is being organized by the Mongolian Embassy and Flag-France Renaissance, is part of a process aimed at giving new momentum to exchanges between our two countries, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and Mongolia. A delegation of Mongolian artists, musicians and art masters will present a comprehensive program of Mongolian traditions that will allow French audiences to learn about the diversity of Mongolia’s culture and exceptional expertise. For more information, please visit: http://flagfrance.org/evenement-culturel/journees-culturelles-de-la-mongolie/



Tourism - Measures supporting the growth of tourism in France (Paris, June 11)

This morning, foreign affairs and international development minister Laurent Fabius presided over the closing meeting of the Tourism Promotion Council. During the year that has passed since the Tourism Forum, the Council heard testimony from a panel of 250 tourism professionals and government representatives for the purpose of establishing a strategy for 2020. Accounting for more than two million jobs and 7% of GDP, the tourism sector has strategic importance for the growth of our economy. The goal is to attract 100 million tourists in 2020 and to increase the revenues generated by that sector. Of the 40 proposals contained in the Council’s report, Mr. Fabius endorsed the following measures: - Improving the welcome extended to tourists. This must become a national priority. The measures adopted relate to both travel preparations (facilitating the issuance of visas, enhancing international media coverage of tourism), and the smooth unfolding of one’s trip (launching a major publicity campaign on the hospitality of French people and professionals, streamlining VAT reimbursement procedures). - Adopting a cohesive strategy concentrating on a small number of world-famous top destinations, as a way of focusing efforts and financial resources. - Developing digital technologies. That will entail overhauling the tourism promotion portal, ensuring very-high-speed Internet coverage in the main tourist areas, adopting a paperless city pass in the Ile-de-France region, and clarifying contractual relations between the traditional tourism sector stakeholders and digital professionals. Yesterday’s adoption of two important measures by the National Assembly is line with this strategy […]. - Prioritizing tourism-related professions and training, focusing on foreign-language skills, quality service, digital skills and general knowledge. A conference of establishments of excellence is needed to improve the visibility of available training possibilities. Creating a Research Chair for tourism should improve coordination among academics and professionals working in this field. Online training programs will be developed. - Establishing an investment strategy for tourism, with the creation of a dedicated investment fund. It will be set up this fall by the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. Furthermore, the third “Investing in the Future” program, available to businesses in 2016, will have a tourism component. - Supporting initiatives showcasing the diversity of terroirs and products. Our traditional “Heritage Days” celebration will now extend to intangible heritage, particularly our food. Given the success of the first edition, the Goût de France/Good France operation will be repeated in 2016. A “ranking of gastronomic rankings” will be introduced this fall to make international rankings more transparent. The implementation of this tourism strategy will be examined at the first annual tourism conference, which will bring together government ministers and tourism professionals on October 8.



Bulgaria - Visit by Harlem Désir (Sofia, June 11 to 12, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will be in Sofia today and tomorrow in order to meet with Meglena Kuneva, Deputy Prime Minister for European Policies Coordination and Institutional Affairs, and with Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister for European Funds and Economic Policies. Mr. Désir will discuss key European issues with his interlocutors, notably including the response to the migration issues and the fight against terrorism, as well as the various aspects of our bilateral cooperation. Mr. Désir will also meet with the French business community and visit the premises of the joint venture established by Oberthur and the Bulgarian National Bank's Printing Works, an example of a successful economic collaboration between France and Bulgaria. He will inaugurate, alongside Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova, an exhibition of engravings by André Derain, the result of active cooperation between French and Bulgarian museums, as currently evidenced by the “Saga of the Thracian Kings” exhibition at the Louvre.



Mali - Attack in Misseni (June 10, 2015)

France condemns the attack perpetrated yesterday against a camp belonging to the Malian security forces in Misseni, during which a warrant officer was killed and two other people were injured. We extend our condolences to the victim’s family as well as to the Malian authorities. The perpetrators of this attack must be held accountable for their actions. The efforts of all Malians to promote peace and stability are now starting to pay off. We stand alongside them in their fight against terrorism.


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