The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - September 3, 2015
In this issue:

◢  European Union – Laurent Fabius’s participation in the informal meeting of the EU foreign ministers (Luxembourg, September 4 to 5, 2015)

◢  Press freedom – Annick Girardin to meet with Reporters Without Borders (Paris, September 3, 2015)

◢  Yemen – Murder of two staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (September 2, 2015)

◢  Somalia – Terrorist attack against an African Union Mission base (September 1, 2015)

◢  Arms trade - Arms Trade Treaty – First Conference of States Parties (Mexico, Aug. 24-27)

◢  French schools abroad - United Kingdom – Opening of Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill (Sept. 3)

 
European Union – Laurent Fabius’s participation in the informal meeting of the EU foreign ministers (Luxembourg, September 4 to 5, 2015)

Laurent Fabius will participate in the informal meeting of the EU foreign ministers (“Gymnich”), which is due to take place on September 4 and 5.

The agenda will cover the following points:

- the Middle East peace process: the ministers will discuss the situation on the ground and how the international community might be able to support the resumption of dialogue;

- Russia/ Ukraine: the discussions will focus on the situation in eastern Ukraine and the EU’s role, as well as developments in the relations between the EU and Russia;

- migration: the ministers will take stock of the latest developments in the migration crisis, notably in the Balkans. They will prepare for the summit in Valletta on migration, which will notably include our African partners (November 11 to 12, 2015);

Iran: relations between the EU and Iran will be discussed.



Press freedom – Annick Girardin to meet with Reporters Without Borders (Paris, September 3, 2015)

Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will meet with Christophe Deloire, Secretary-General of Reporters Without Borders, today.

Public opinion throughout the world continues to be shocked by the violence against journalists and the infringements of press freedom.

France defends press freedom and works to combat the impunity of those who suppress it, in our country as elsewhere in the world. We are also mobilized within the United Nations, at the Security Council as well as the General Assembly. It was on our initiative that an International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, every November 2, was established by the United Nations.



Yemen – Murder of two staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (September 2, 2015)

France condemns the murder on September 2 of two staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen.

Our thoughts are with the victims’ families and the personnel of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who do an outstanding job in relieving the suffering of the civilian populations in Yemen.



Somalia – Terrorist attack against an African Union Mission base (September 1, 2015)

France condemns the attack perpetrated on September 1 by the Shabab terrorist group against an African Union Mission base in Somalia in the town of Janaale, which killed several dozen Ugandan soldiers.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and to the Ugandan authorities. The perpetrators of this attack must be brought to justice.

France pays tribute to the efforts of the African Union Mission in Somalia alongside the federal authorities to restore peace and security. Together with its partners, France stands alongside the Somali government in the fight against terrorism.



Arms trade - Arms Trade Treaty – First Conference of States Parties (Mexico, Aug. 24-27)

The First Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty was held from August 24 to 27 in Cancún. It established administrative and procedural rules as well as the mandate and location of the Secretariat, as required to implement the treaty.

France welcomes this progress, which will help better regulate the arms trade and counter illegal trafficking. It urges the States that have not yet signed or ratified the treaty to do so promptly.

France thanks Mexico for hosting this initial conference, and congratulates the city of Geneva, which will host the treaty’s Secretariat. We extend our best wishes for success to Simeon Dumisani Dladla (South Africa), who will serve as its interim director for one year.



French schools abroad - United Kingdom – Opening of Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill (Sept. 3)

The new French school in Wembley, the Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill, opened its doors today, welcoming 475 students from kindergarten to grade 13. This establishment, which meets the highest standards of safety and energy efficiency, came about thanks to cooperation between the State, the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE), and the private sector.

It will eventually accommodate 1,300 students and responds to a strong demand from the French community in the United Kingdom, estimated at 300,000, and especially our compatriots living in Greater London.

Like the Lycée Charles de Gaulle in the center of the British capital, the Lycée Winston Churchill is part of the network of French schools in the United Kingdom; it now includes 14 establishments and serves 7,115 students.


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