The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 12, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Central African Republic / United Nations – Violence and killing of a peacekeeper (November 12, 2015)

◢  Romania – Medical assistance for the victims of the fire on October 30 (November 12, 2015)

◢  Economic diplomacy – Thompson Reuters places France in third position in its ranking of the world’s most innovative companies (November 12, 2015)

 
Central African Republic / United Nations – Violence and killing of a peacekeeper (November 12, 2015)

France condemns the violence that led to the death of a Cameroonian peacekeeper serving with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in Batangafo.

We extend our condolences to his family and to the Cameroonian authorities. The perpetrators of this attack must be identified and brought to justice.

France reaffirms that the UN Security Council has expressed its readiness to impose further sanctions against those who threaten peace and stability in the country. Work is under way to achieve this.

We reaffirm our full support for MINUSCA’s action to promote peace and stability and to protect civilians, as well as for the efforts of the authorities of the Central African Republic to bring the transition to a successful conclusion through the holding of free, open and transparent elections in accordance with the timetable that has just been published.



Romania – Medical assistance for the victims of the fire on October 30 (November 12, 2015)

In order to demonstrate its solidarity with Romania following the tragic fire at a nightclub in Bucharest on October 30, which killed more than 50 people and seriously injured several dozen others, France has made arrangements to provide medical support in order to help treat the injured, in cooperation with the Romanian medical teams.

Two French specialists in the treatment of severe burns provided by the Ministry of Health have therefore been working alongside their counterparts in Bucharest’s hospitals since November 8, at the request of the Romanian authorities. This arrangement will be adapted in due course in order to meet the changing needs of the injured.

France has also expressed its readiness to receive patients in specialist medical facilities that come under the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Defense.



Economic diplomacy – Thompson Reuters places France in third position in its ranking of the world’s most innovative companies (November 12, 2015)

France ranks third in the list of the world’s most innovative companies published by Thompson Reuters today. Following the decisions of Cisco and Microsoft to choose France as the location for their investments in research and development and in innovative companies, this ranking confirms our country's dynamism in this area.

Innovation is a key driver of growth. Special programs for innovative companies (NETVA (New Technology Venture Accelerator), YEI (Young Entreprise initiative), COOPOL Innovation) have been introduced in France. The French diplomatic network is mobilized to help companies, especially SMEs and innovative companies, to develop technology partnerships with foreign firms and laboratories.

Our embassies provide them with support abroad, notably within the framework of the French Tech initiative which promotes the entire French start-up ecosystem: entrepreneurs, investors and public entities.


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