The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - October 21, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Cultural diplomacy – Opening of the International Contemporary Art Fair (Foire internationale de l'art contemporain) (October 21, 2015)

◢  Bosnia and Herzegovina – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Fadil Novalic, Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (October 21, 2015)

◢  Morocco – Visit by Matthias Fekl (October 21 to 22, 2015)

◢  Philippines – Typhoon Koppu

◢  Japan – Praemium Imperiale prize to be awarded to Dominique Perrault and Sylvie Guilhem (Tokyo, October 21, 2015)

◢  Mediterranean – “Medi-Media Conference: the media in the Mediterranean” (Marseille, October 23 to 24, 2015)

 
Cultural diplomacy – Opening of the International Contemporary Art Fair (Foire internationale de l'art contemporain) (October 21, 2015)

The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC), which will host 172 galleries from 23 different countries this year in Paris, has established itself as an important milestone for art professionals from all over the world, attracting more and more of them every year. The fair is a global forum for sharing trends in contemporary art and helps to raise the profile of French artists and its professional actors all over the world.

By taking over numerous venues in the capital (Grand-Palais, Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin des plantes, Cité de la mode) and offering an art and tourism trail along the Seine (Musées en Seine programs) this year, FIAC will help to promote our cultural appeal and attractiveness to tourists. With almost a month left until the opening of the Paris Climate Conference, the focus will be on the fight against climate disruption, with an exhibition of work from around 20 international artists at the Jardin des Plantes, along the banks of the Seine and at the Maison de la Radio.

In order to pay tribute to the role played by FIAC in our cultural diplomacy, Laurent Fabius, who, on October 5, bestowed the insignia of the Chevalier in the Order of the Legion of Honor upon Jennifer Flay, Director of FIAC, will receive the main French and international stakeholders involved in FIAC 2015 at the Quai d’Orsay on October 22.



Bosnia and Herzegovina – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Fadil Novalic, Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (October 21, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, received Fadil Novalic, Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (one of the two entities that make up Bosnia and Herzegovina).

The meeting notably focused on the implementation of the agenda of economic and social reforms backed by the EU, the development of our bilateral trade relations, as well as support for major infrastructure projects, in preparation for the Western Balkans Summit, scheduled to take place in Paris in summer 2016.

Harlem Désir reaffirmed France’s support for the efforts undertaken to modernize Bosnia and Herzegovina and facilitate the country’s European rapprochement.



Morocco – Visit by Matthias Fekl (October 21 to 22, 2015)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will visit Casablanca and Rabat on October 21 and 22; he will be accompanied by a large business delegation and Estelle Grelier, Member of the National Assembly and Chairwoman of Business France. He will notably meet with his counterparts, Moulay Hafid El Alamy, Minister of Industry, Trade, and New Technologies, and Lahcen Haddad, Minister of Tourism.

The purpose of this visit is follow up on the economic component of President Hollande’s visit to Tangiers from September 19 to 20. It will be devoted to strengthening the French-Moroccan economic partnership and to supporting SME’s, notably in the sustainable city, green industry and tourism sectors.

In Casablanca, Mr. Fekl will work with Wali of Casablanca Khalid Safir on strengthening our presence in this city, to which Alstom is due to deliver 50 new trams worth €100 million. At the Pollutec trade fair devoted to the environmental and sustainable development sectors, he will inaugurate the French pavilion, which will bring together more than 70 firms, and will attend the first presentation of the French company Astainable.

Matthias Fekl will also preside over the ceremony to mark the signing by Atout France of two partnerships with the Moroccan National Tourist Office and the Moroccan Society of Tourism Engineering. He will also preside over the launch of a €25million line of credit to finance the purchase of French goods and services by SMEs operating in Morocco and the signing of an aid contract to identify high potential SMEs between BpiFrance and the caisse centrale de gestion (Central Management Fund).

In Casablanca as well as in Rabat, Matthias Fekl will meet with the French community and the consular advisors, locally elected representatives of French nationals abroad.



Philippines – Typhoon Koppu

While the Philippines has just been affected by Typhoon Koppu, which left several dozen people dead, France assures the Philippine government and people of its solidarity.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families.

We stand alongside the Philippine government and are ready to favorably consider any request for assistance.



Japan – Praemium Imperiale prize to be awarded to Dominique Perrault and Sylvie Guilhem (Tokyo, October 21, 2015)

We pay tribute to the careers of architect Dominique Perrault and ballerina Sylvie Guilhem, who will receive the prestigious Praemium Imperiale prize in Tokyo today.

This award reflects the strength of French-Japanese cultural relations. Dominique Perrault and Sylvie Guilhem, who are very familiar with Japan, join the list of French artists who have already received this prize, including Daniel Buren, Pierre Soulages, Balthus, Martial Raysse, architect Jean Nouvel, composer Henri Dutilleux, Pierre Boulez, Jean-Luc Godard and Marcel Carné.

Created in 1988, the Praemium Imperiale prize is awarded every year by the “Japan Art Association” to five artists whose work is of great significance to the international scene.



Mediterranean – “Medi-Media Conference: the media in the Mediterranean” (Marseille, October 23 to 24, 2015)

The Villa Méditerranée in Marseille will host the “Medi-Media Conference: the media in the Mediterranean” from October 23 to 24, which will bring together journalists from both sides of the Mediterranean. This conference, organized in cooperation with the Marseille-Provence-Alpes du Sud Press Club, will provide an opportunity for journalists to discuss their work and to share ideas on best practices, the freedom of the press and the emergence of new media, especially social media.

Four round tables will focus on new media, the Greek crisis, the refugee tragedy, and news reporting during the Syrian conflict.

At the same time, a meeting of the Radio Commission of COPEAM, a professional association that brings together broadcasters from the regions around the Mediterranean, will take place at the Villa Méditerranée on October 23. A partnership agreement between COPEAM and the Villa Méditerranée will be signed on this occasion.

The Villa Méditerranée, which was opened in 2013, is a forum for the exchange of ideas, exhibitions and conferences aimed at strengthening Mediterranean cooperation. For more information, please visit: villa-mediterranee.org


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