The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 3, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Germany – Visit by Harlem Désir (Berlin - November 4, 2015)

◢  Gastronomy – Inauguration of the Ferrières School by Matthias Fekl (November 3, 2015)

◢  Côte d'Ivoire – Swearing-in ceremony for President Ouattara (November 3, 2015)

◢  Chile / Renewable energies – Signing of a $25 million loan by Proparco to finance two solar power plants (November 3, 2015)

◢  Climate – Launch of "Decentralized Cooperation for the Climate" digital campaign (November 3, 2015)

 
Germany – Visit by Harlem Désir (Berlin - November 4, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs and Secretary-General for French-German Cooperation, will visit Berlin on November 4.

He will take part in a joint hearing together with his German counterpart, Michael Roth, before the Bundestag EU Affairs Committee. They will discuss the major current European issues, including the refugee crisis, the strengthening of the Economic and Monetary Union and the initiatives to promote the digital sector. The minister of state will also work with his counterpart on preparations for the next French-German Council of Ministers meeting in 2016.

Harlem Désir will also have meetings with Uwe Corsepius, EU Affairs Adviser to the German Chancellor. In the Bundestag, he will meet with Gunther Krichbaum, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Andreas Jung, Chairman of the French-German Friendship Group.

This visit falls in line with the regular exchanges between the two secretary-generals for French-German cooperation. Harlem Désir and Michael Roth are due to take part in a joint hearing before the European Affairs Committee of the National Assembly on December 9.



Gastronomy – Inauguration of the Ferrières School by Matthias Fekl (November 3, 2015)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will today inaugurate the Ferrières School in Ferrières-en-Brie (Seine-et-Marne). This internationally oriented school, which began teaching its first intake of students at the start of the 2015 academic year, aims to become one of the top grandes écoles specializing in culinary arts, hospitality and the luxury industry.

The school is located in a chateau; in addition to classrooms and teaching spaces, the building houses a gourmet restaurant and event spaces. It offers college degrees as well as non-credit short courses. A campus providing student accommodation will be built within the next two years.

In conjunction with efforts to improve the welcome extended to tourists, develop digital technologies and promote investment, training is one of the four main elements of the "carré du succès" [four keys to success] defined by Laurent Fabius, aimed at supporting our tourism sector.



Côte d'Ivoire – Swearing-in ceremony for President Ouattara (November 3, 2015)

France congratulates President Ouattara, who will be sworn in today, on his re-election as president of Côte d'Ivoire following the elections on October 25.

It commends the calm and quiet atmosphere of the elections, following a campaign in which all candidates were able to freely express their views.

This is a victory for Côte d'Ivoire and its people, who have confirmed their faith in the future.



Chile / Renewable energies – Signing of a $25 million loan by Proparco to finance two solar power plants (November 3, 2015)

With just a few weeks left until the Paris Climate Conference, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development welcomes the signing of a US$25 million loan to finance the construction of two solar power plants in northern Chile by Proparco, a subsidiary of the French Development Agency.

These plants will have a total capacity of 26.5 MW and will be the first to be built on this scale in Chile.

This represents major concrete progress toward the development of renewable energies in Latin America.



Climate – Launch of "Decentralized Cooperation for the Climate" digital campaign (November 3, 2015)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is launching a digital campaign called "Decentralized Cooperation for the Climate." Every Tuesday for 12 weeks, a project will be presented that is emblematic of cooperative initiatives at the local level.

For many years, France's local governments have joined with foreign partners to fight climate disruption with concrete projects in such areas as agro-ecology, sustainable urban development, sanitation, biodiversity and sustainable energies. This year the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development decided to financially support that effort by issuing a call for projects to fight climate disruption.

For further information, visit this link.


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