The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - September 30, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Archives – Publication of the catalogue of the works looted by Goering (September 30, 2015)

◢  Weimar Triangle – Harlem Désir’s participation in the meeting of Ministers and State Secretaries for European Affairs (Paris, September 30, 2015)

◢  French Nationals Abroad – Visit by Matthias Fekl to Nantes (October 1, 2015)

◢  Attractiveness – Publication of Davos Global Competitiveness Report (Sept. 30)

◢  Côte d'Ivoire – Raw materials – Transfer of the International Cocoa Organization’s headquarters to Abidjan (Sept. 25)

 
Archives – Publication of the catalogue of the works looted by Goering (September 30, 2015)

The Diplomatic Archives, in collaboration with historian Jean-Marc Dreyfus, will today publish, through Flammarion, the full Goering Catalogue, which includes all of the paintings looted during the Second World War for this Nazi official.

In the preface, Laurent Fabius reaffirms that “the Goering Collection, put together out of a sense of nationalism, aimed to extol the purity and grandeur of German art. It is an abhorrent hunting trophy, the result of the criminal plundering of the treasures of European art. Works of art should never be treated as objects of prey. They are the common property of all mankind.”

This exceptional document, which was uncovered by Rose Valland, who, after the war, helped to identify, salvage and recover more than 45,000 looted works of art, reveals the scale of the thefts committed by the Nazis throughout Europe and has made it possible to advance the restitution efforts. All the works of art not reported missing have been returned.

The Diplomatic Archive Centers in Nantes and La Courneuve are open to the public upon request.

For more information, please visit: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/evenements-et-actualites-du-ministere/article/un-acces-inedit-aux-archives-de-la-spoliation-sortie-en-librairie-du-catalogue



Weimar Triangle – Harlem Désir’s participation in the meeting of Ministers and State Secretaries for European Affairs (Paris, September 30, 2015)

Harlem Désir will today receive in Paris his German counterpart, Michael Roth, and his Polish counterpart, Rafal Trzaskowski, for a meeting in the Weimar Triangle format.

The meetings will be devoted to the major current European and international issues. They will notably focus on the refugee crisis, on strengthening the Economic and Monetary Union as well as on preparations for the Paris Climate Conference.

During this meeting, they will bestow the Adam Mickiewicz Award upon Wolf Lepenies, Adam Michnik and Edgar Morin. This prize has been awarded since 2006 and recognizes those who work to promote rapprochement between Germany, France and Poland. This ceremony will be followed by a round table on the theme “Diverse perspectives on the Weimar Triangle in its 25th year: French, German and Polish responsibility for the future of Europe” led by Jacques Rupnik.



French Nationals Abroad – Visit by Matthias Fekl to Nantes (October 1, 2015)

On October 1, Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will visit Nantes, where the Central Civil Status Office (service central d'état civil) has been located since its creation 50 years ago.

He will unveil a commemorative plaque in the presence of several elected and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development officials.

Based on the number of documents issued, the Central Civil Status Office is the largest city hall in France. It is responsible for French citizens born or living abroad and draws up 120,000 civil status documents every year and issued 1.7 million copies or extracts of civil status documents in 2014, i.e. almost 7,000 per day.



Attractiveness – Publication of Davos Global Competitiveness Report (Sept. 30)

Today’s publication of the Davos Global Competitiveness Report confirms the progress made in recent months to make our economy more attractive to investors.

France is rated 22nd out of 140 nations for its competitiveness, up by one point since last year. The ranking underscores several of our assets, including the quality of our infrastructure (seventh place for roads, sixth for rail), high-speed Internet penetration (fourth place) and the quality of French business schools (eleventh place). We are making strong progress in labor market efficiency (up 20 points compared with 2013).

The publication of this annual ranking coincides with Invest in France Month, hosted by 50 of our embassies from September 15 to October 15. This campaign showcases the efforts made to make France more competitive to foreign investors and decision-makers. As part of this event, Laurent Fabius will meet with American investors in New York tomorrow.



Côte d'Ivoire – Raw materials – Transfer of the International Cocoa Organization’s headquarters to Abidjan (Sept. 25)

France welcomes the decision taken by the board of the International Cocoa Organization on September 25 to move the organization’s headquarters from London to Abidjan. The first steps in this move will begin on October 1. This organization regulates the entire cocoa industry, from production to consumption.

The decision reflects the excellent cooperation between consumer and producer countries.

We offer our congratulations to Côte d'Ivoire, a major cocoa industry actor.




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