The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - June 24, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Nigeria - Attacks (June 22 to 23, 2015)

◢  United States

Nigeria - Attacks (June 22 to 23, 2015)

France condemns the attacks perpetrated in recent days in Yobe and Borno States, which have left more than 70 people dead. The recruitment of children to commit some of these crimes is especially abhorrent.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and to Nigeria’s authorities. Those responsible must be brought to justice.

France stands alongside Nigeria and the countries of the region in the fight against terrorism.

United States

Are you going to expel the U.S. ambassador in Paris? Or failing that, summon her?

When is the minister going to meet with his American counterpart to discuss this issue?

Laurent Fabius summoned the U.S. ambassador to the Quai d’Orsay this afternoon.

I would like to reaffirm the terms of the communiqué issued by the Defense Council attended by the minister this morning:

“These are unacceptable actions, which have already prompted things to be clarified between the United States and France, particularly at the end of 2013 at the time of the first revelations and during the French President’s visit to the United States in February 2014.

Commitments were made by the American authorities. They must be remembered and strictly honored.

France, which has further stepped up its monitoring and protection system, will tolerate no actions which jeopardize its security and the protection of its interests.”

Can you remind us of the previous instances in which a U.S ambassador in Paris was summoned by the French foreign ministry? This is the first time for the current ambassador but how many times has this happened in the past and on what grounds?

The previous instances involved Ambassador Charles Rivkin on July 1, 2013, and October 21, 2013.

France in the
United States
Embassy of France in Washington, D.C.
f t Flickr