The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - September 14, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Climate – Speech by Laurent Fabius to the International Trade Union Confederation (Paris - September 15, 2015)

◢  European Union – Participation by Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, in the General Affairs Council (Brussels - September 14, 2015)

◢  Greece – Meeting between Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, and his Greek counterpart, Spyros Flogaïtis (Brussels - September 14, 2015)

◢  Slovakia – Meeting between Harlem Désir and his counterpart, Ivan Korcok (Paris - September 14, 2015)

◢  Cameroon – Attacks in the north (September 13, 2015)

◢  Economic diplomacy – International success of French television and film

◢  Cultural diplomacy - UK – Opening of new Children's Library at the Institut Français (London - September 12, 2015)

◢  Death of Prof. Stanley Hoffmann – A French and U.S. citizen, a prominent professor in international studies at Harvard University (Paris - September 14, 2015)

 
Climate – Speech by Laurent Fabius to the International Trade Union Confederation (Paris - September 15, 2015)

Laurent Fabius will participate in the "No jobs on a dead planet" conference tomorrow organized by the International Trade Union Confederation at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council.

This unprecedented event will bring together 270 participants from around 50 countries. It will conclude with a call for the mobilization of the trade union movement and for the transformation of the production system in order to combat climate disruption.

The topic of climate was chosen by the International Trade Union Confederation as one of its priorities for the coming years.



European Union – Participation by Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, in the General Affairs Council (Brussels - September 14, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today participate in the General Affairs Council in Brussels. Work will focus on the following points:

  • preparations for the European Council on October 15 and 16, which will be largely devoted to migration issues. Mr. Désir will reaffirm France's commitment and the need for the Justice and Home Affairs Council scheduled to meet today to adopt decisions that will establish a permanent and binding mechanism for the relocation of refugees;

  • the presentation of the work program of the Luxembourg presidency of the Council. It will focus, as we would like, on social issues, support for growth and employment, the environment, the digital sector, as well the strengthening of EU tax policy;

  • an exchange of views on the European Commission's work program for 2016.



Greece – Meeting between Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, and his Greek counterpart, Spyros Flogaïtis (Brussels - September 14, 2015)

Harlem Désir will meet today in Brussels with his Greek counterpart, Spyros Flogaïtis, on the sidelines of the General Affairs Council.

The minister of state will reaffirm France's support for the implementation of the commitments made within the framework of the August 19 agreement and the definition of a medium-term growth strategy for Greece.



Slovakia – Meeting between Harlem Désir and his counterpart, Ivan Korcok (Paris - September 14, 2015)

Harlem Désir will this evening receive his Slovakian counterpart, Ivan Korcok. He will underscore the importance of a European strategy based on solidarity and responsibility in order to address the migration challenges following the meetings of the General Affairs Council and the Justice and Home Affairs Council scheduled to take place in Brussels today.

While France will host an official visit by Andrej Kiska, President of the Republic of Slovakia, in 2016, Mr. Désir and Mr. Korcok will take stock of our bilateral cooperation and will work on expanding our economic ties.



Cameroon – Attacks in the north (September 13, 2015)

France utterly condemns the attacks on September 13 that caused the loss of many lives in Kolofata, northern Cameroon.

We offer our condolences to the victims' families.

France assures the authorities and people of Cameroon of its solidarity. We stand alongside Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.



Economic diplomacy – International success of French television and film

The annual figures just released by TV France International and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée continue to show strong international growth for French television and film productions.

At 210.3 million euros in 2014, these are the highest figures ever recorded, up 17.1% in sales and pre-sales compared with the previous year. That growth is fastest in Asia and Oceania. During Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang's visit to Marseille on July 1, he and Laurent Fabius discussed this topic with Renaud Cohen, a French director and screenwriter.

The foreign affairs and international development ministry's 60 audiovisual attachés are working hard in 113 countries to support French television and film productions and to provide them with financial and human support.



Cultural diplomacy - UK – Opening of new Children's Library at the Institut Français (London - September 12, 2015)

The Children's Library at the Institut Français reopened its doors on September 12 following major renovations. The guest of honor was the celebrated illustrator Quentin Blake, for whom the library has now been named. The revamped facility offers a family space, a resource center equipped with the latest technologies for learning French, and a space for academic activities. It welcomed nearly 4,000 students in 2014.

Throughout the year, the library will offer a wide range of workshops and activities for children, including November's South Ken Kids Festival, an annual event devoted to young people's literature.

Updating the spaces and doubling the library's surface area were made possible thanks to the Friends of the French Culture Institute's fundraising campaign, which raised nearly 800,000 euros.



Death of Prof. Stanley Hoffmann – A French and U.S. citizen, a prominent professor in international studies at Harvard University (Paris - September 14, 2015)

We learned today that Prof. Stanley Hoffmann passed away. We are saddened by the death of Prof. Hoffmann, a French and U.S. citizen and a prominent professor in international studies at Harvard University.

Born in Vienna, Prof. Hoffman grew up in France before coming to the United States to teach at Harvard. His deep curiosity and knowledge on a broad range of topics made him a famous figure on the international relations scene.

Specializing in French politics and history and American foreign policy, he was a connection between our two countries and cultures



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