The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - July 22, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Meeting of the Tourism Promotion Council devoted to the French overseas territories and river and sea cruises (July 22)

◢  Germany – Rail cooperation - Harlem Désir welcomes the arrival of the new ICE 3 train following its inaugural journey to Paris (July 23, 2015)

 
Meeting of the Tourism Promotion Council devoted to the French overseas territories and river and sea cruises (July 22)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will this afternoon chair a meeting of the Tourism Promotion Council devoted to the French overseas territories and river and sea cruises, in the presence of Ms. George Pau-Langevin, Minister for Overseas France and Alain Vidalie, Minister of State for Transport.

Two reports on cruise tourism and the French overseas territories will be presented at the meeting. The rapporteurs note that these segments of the tourism industry have not yet found the strategic place they deserve in terms of the attractiveness of France.

A series of measures to be adopted will be presented at the end of this meeting. An initial progress report on these measures will be provided at the first national tourism conference at the Quai d’Orsay on October 8.



Germany – Rail cooperation - Harlem Désir welcomes the arrival of the new ICE 3 train following its inaugural journey to Paris (July 23, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today welcome the arrival of the ICE 3 train at the Gare de l'Est at 1:00 pm following its inaugural journey from Frankfurt to Paris. Alongside Guillaume Pepy, Chairman of SNCF, he will receive a German delegation led by Alexander Dobrindt, Minister of Transport and Chairman of Deutsche Bahn, Rüdiger Grube.

On this occasion, SNCF and its German equivalent, Deutsche Bahn (DB), will sign an agreement to extend their business cooperation until 2020.

This successful railway project has already benefited more than 11.5 million international passengers since 2007. The ongoing cooperation will make it possible to connect Paris and Frankfurt via Strasbourg in 3 hours 35 minutes by 2016. This new stage in the expansion of the high-speed railway network between France and Germany will also help to continue bringing our major economic hubs closer together in order to promote regional development and, more generally, boost growth in Europe.


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