The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 2, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Fight against racism and anti-Semitism – Visit by Harlem Désir to the Holocaust Memorial (Paris - November 2, 2015)

◢  Turkey – Murder of two Syrian human rights activists (October 30, 2015)

◢  Freedom of the press – International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (November 2, 2015)

◢  Chad – Attacks (November 1, 2015)

◢  Romania – Deadly fire in a Bucharest nightclub (October 30, 2015)

◢  South Sudan – Publication of a report by the African Union (October 30, 2015)

◢  Sustainable development – Closing of Milan Expo (October 31, 2015)

 
Fight against racism and anti-Semitism – Visit by Harlem Désir to the Holocaust Memorial (Paris - November 2, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, visited the Holocaust Memorial in Paris this morning.

He paid tribute to the work to promote remembrance and education carried out there, symbolizing the fight against all forms of racism and intolerance in France and Europe. Harlem Désir called for efforts to develop exchanges between the various places of remembrance in Europe.

The Holocaust Memorial in Paris was opened to the public in 2005 on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp and the European Day of Holocaust Remembrance and Prevention of Crimes against Humanity.



Turkey – Murder of two Syrian human rights activists (October 30, 2015)

France condemns the murder in Turkey of two Syrian human rights activists who were working to raise awareness of the atrocities committed by Daesh in Raqqa.

These murders, for which Daesh has claimed responsibility, demonstrate once again the barbarity of this terrorist group.

The perpetrators must be held accountable for their acts.



Freedom of the press – International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (November 2, 2015)

On the occasion of International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, we pay tribute to the memory of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, our compatriots who were murdered in Mali while reporting for Radio France Internationale.

Too many journalists all over the world continue to pay for their commitment to the freedom of the press with their lives.

France reaffirms its commitment to the freedom of the press. We pay tribute to all those who uphold the freedom of the press – from the Charlie Hebdo journalists murdered on January 7 to Faisal Arefin Dipan, who was killed on October 31 in Bangladesh for editing blogger and author, Avijit Roy, who was also murdered.



Chad – Attacks (November 1, 2015)

France condemns the two attacks carried out on November 1 in the Lake Chad region, which left 11 people dead.

We extend our condolences to the victims' families and the Chadian authorities.

France assures Chad of its solidarity in the fight against terrorism.



Romania – Deadly fire in a Bucharest nightclub (October 30, 2015)

The death toll from the fire that broke out in a Bucharest nightclub now stands at 30 dead and 140 injured.

We extend our wholehearted condolences to the families.

At this difficult time, France stands alongside the Romanian authorities and people.



South Sudan – Publication of a report by the African Union (October 30, 2015)

France welcomes the publication on October 27 of the report by the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan, which is helping to combat impunity for the crimes committed since the start of the conflict in South Sudan in December 2013.

There can be no lasting reconciliation without justice.



Sustainable development – Closing of Milan Expo (October 31, 2015)

France applauds the success of the Milan International Exposition, hosted by Italy. Over six months, more than 21 million visitors visited this event, which explored issues of food security and sustainable development through its theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life."

France had a share in the event's success. The French pavilion, supported by six ministries including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, drew more than 2.2 million visitors, and the Bureau International des Expositions awarded it a prize for the most beautiful architecture. The pavilion hosted 50 discussions and showcased French food and lifestyles, our agrifood sector, and efforts to promote sustainable development in agriculture.

On the occasion of this event, President Hollande announced Paris's candidacy for Expo 2025.


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