The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - September 17, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Korea – Launch of France-Korea Year (September 18, 2015)

◢  Sweden - Economic diplomacy – Meeting between Harlem Désir and French firms involved in the energy transition (September 17, 2015)

◢  Yemen – Return of the legitimate government to Aden (September 16, 2015)

◢  Economic diplomacy – French Tech Ticket program (September 17, 2015)

◢  Burkina Faso

Korea – Launch of France-Korea Year (September 18, 2015)

On September 18, Laurent Fabius will participate in the inauguration of the 2015-2016 France-Korea Year at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris in the presence of Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is conducting an official visit to France from September 16 to 19, and Fleur Pellerin, Minister of Culture and Communication.

As we celebrate the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries, France-Korea Year reflects our joint determination to strengthen our relations in all areas. It will also highlight the innovation sector.

Events will take place throughout the year, including for example the “Techno Parade Seoul Bam” on September 19 in Paris, Korean film retrospectives, including “Seoul hypnotique” (September 15 to November 1 at the Forum des Images), and the “Street Food Temple” which will showcase Korean cuisine.

Full details of France-Korea Year can be found online here:

Sweden - Economic diplomacy – Meeting between Harlem Désir and French firms involved in the energy transition (September 17, 2015)

During the prime minister’s visit to Sweden, Harlem Désir, together with a delegation of French parliamentarians, will meet with 6 firms located in this country that operate in the energy transition field.

The minister of state, together with teams from Schneider Electric, Saint Gobain, Suez environnement, Véolia, Alstom and Kéolis, will take stock of the opportunities offered by the Swedish market for French firms as well as preparations for the Paris Climate Conference.

Yemen – Return of the legitimate government to Aden (September 16, 2015)

France welcomes the return of the legitimate government to Aden, which constitutes progress toward establishing broad political dialogue, with preconditions and in line with the spirit of UNSCR 2216.

We support the efforts of the special envoy of the UN secretary-general in this direction

Economic diplomacy – French Tech Ticket program (September 17, 2015)

The call for applications for the French Tech Ticket, a program aimed at attracting talented individuals from around the world with innovative entrepreneurial projects to France, was closed on September 15. It generated 1,372 applications and more than 700 projects. The 50 selected entrepreneurs will come to France in January 2016.

In addition to a €12,500 prize awarded by BPIfrance, the winners of the French Tech Ticket will benefit from a fast track procedure to obtain a French residence permit, allowing them to live and work in France so that they can develop their projects in one of the nine incubators participating in the program.

Technological innovation is an important catalyst for growth and a key component of France’s attractiveness. Thanks to its diplomatic network, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development has played an active role in ensuring the success of this program.

Burkina Faso

What is your analysis of the situation in Burkina?

We spoke about this yesterday evening. This morning, President Hollande strongly condemned the coup d'état and called for the immediate release of all those arrested, the return of the transitional authorities, and the reestablishment of the electoral process.

Has the Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting on the latest developments in Burkina?

Yesterday, in a press statement introduced by France and adopted unanimously, the Security Council in New York condemned the detention of the Interim President, Prime Minister, and members of the government, and demanded that they be “released safely and immediately.” It also urged all actors to comply with the transitional calendar, including the holding of free, fair and credible elections on October 11.

The United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS expressed similar demands in a joint statement, as did the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa is on the ground and coordinating with ECOWAS and the AU.

Will France deploy additional soldiers/gendarmes to protect French interests in Burkina? Have the 220 troops from the French Special Forces in Burkina been mobilized to come to the aid of the President and Prime Minister?

We are watching the situation very closely and are ensuring the safety of our nationals. We are providing information to the French community there in real time. We are frequently updating the travel advisory for Burkina Faso on the Ministry’s France diplomatie website.

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