The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 18, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Attacks on November 13 – Interministerial Victim Support Unit at the Quai d'Orsay

◢  Mongolia – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of the Republic of Mongolia (Paris - November 18, 2015)

◢  Council of Europe – Harlem Désir’s participation in the 4th World Forum for Democracy (Strasbourg - November 18, 2015)

◢  Development / “France is committed to the Global South” – Presentation of the winners by Patrick Kanner and Annick Girardin (November 18, 2015)

◢  Japan – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and Yoji Muto, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (November 18, 2015)

◢  Attractiveness – Opening of the 10th edition of the Etats de la France convention by Matthias Fekl (Paris - November 18, 2015)

◢  Nigeria – Attack in Yola (November 17, 2015)

 
Attacks on November 13 – Interministerial Victim Support Unit at the Quai d'Orsay

An Interministerial Victim Support Unit (CIAV), which liaises with victims’ families, has been set up at the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development crisis center since November 13.

It has more than 110 staff members, including officials from the Ministries of Justice, the Interior, Health and Foreign Affairs, health professionals (e.g. from the Red Cross), the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Agency, the emergency medico-psychological unit and members of victim support associations (INAVEM (National Institute for Victim Support and Mediation) and FENVAC (National Federation for the Victims of Disasters)).

To date, the Interministerial Victim Support Unit has received more than 9,000 calls to the telephone numbers set up for the victims’ families: 0800 40 60 05 from France and 01 45 50 34 60 from abroad.

It has opened a welcome and information center at the École militaire. To date, some 20 psychologists and health professionals as well as 14 experts have welcomed more than 800 people. The unit has set up a welcome center for victims’ families at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, in order to confirm the identification of the victims and allow the families to spend time with their loved ones' remains.

The Interministerial Victim Support Unit is in contact with all of the diplomatic representations of the countries whose citizens were killed in the attacks. A book of condolences has been opened at the Quai d'Orsay in response to their show of solidarity.



Mongolia – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of the Republic of Mongolia (Paris - November 18, 2015)

Laurent Fabius will today receive, at the Quai d'Orsay, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia, on the occasion of his official visit to France. France and Mongolia are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations this year. Unique historic documents on the relations between our two countries will be presented during the meeting at the Quai d'Orsay.

The minister and the Mongolian president will take stock of preparations for the Paris Climate Conference. They will work on further developing our bilateral relations, which were relaunched following Laurent Fabius’s visit to Mongolia in 2013. The Mongolia-France Cultural Days that took place from June 11 to 14, 2015, at the Domaine de La Celle Saint-Cloud, opened by Laurent Fabius and his counterpart, Purevsuren Lundega, recently demonstrated the high quality of the exchanges between our two countries.

Several agreements in the political, economic, cultural and scientific spheres will be signed during the Mongolian president’s visit.



Council of Europe – Harlem Désir’s participation in the 4th World Forum for Democracy (Strasbourg - November 18, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will attend the opening of the 4th World Forum for Democracy today in Strasbourg.

Following the attacks on November 13, this event, which has been jointly organized by the Council of Europe, the EU and France and will be attended by civil society representatives and personalities from all over the world, will provide an opportunity to underscore the determination of democracies to respond together to the threat of terrorism.

On this occasion, Harlem Désir will also meet with Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, as well as with Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, to discuss the organization’s contribution to resolving the crises on the European continent.



Development / “France is committed to the Global South” – Presentation of the winners by Patrick Kanner and Annick Girardin (November 18, 2015)

Patrick Kanner, Minister for Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport, and Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will today present the winners of the “France is committed to the Global South” program at the Quai d'Orsay.

The first edition of this initiative, launched under the high patronage of President Hollande, recognizes 10 socially innovative projects in the areas of pollution control, health, education and culture.

The winners are young entrepreneurs from the Global South who want to address the challenges facing society in a concrete and sustainable way. They will receive funding and will benefit from a year-long support program, which will start with a week of workshops, training and meetings in France.



Japan – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and Yoji Muto, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (November 18, 2015)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, received his Japanese counterpart Yoji Muto, State Minister for Foreign Affairs today at the Quai d’Orsay.

They discussed the economic partnership agreement under negotiation between the EU and Japan and worked on strengthening bilateral economic relations between our two countries, notably in the area of new technologies, which is the focus of the French-Japanese Innovation Year launched in October.

France is the second largest recipient of Japanese job-creating investment in Europe (18% in total), notably in the automotive, electronics and food processing sectors.



Attractiveness – Opening of the 10th edition of the Etats de la France convention by Matthias Fekl (Paris - November 18, 2015)

This morning Matthias Fekl, minister of state for foreign trade, the promotion of tourism and French nationals abroad, opened the 10th edition of Les Etats de la France" [a convention for economic policy and business leaders and decision-makers] at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council.

He presented the government’s efforts to make France more attractive to the public, companies, and foreign investors. Currently 20,000 foreign businesses employ nearly two million people in France.

135 branch leaders of foreign companies participating in the event published a statement applauding the government’s work since 2012 and calling for the continuation of reforms to boost France’s attractiveness.



Nigeria – Attack in Yola (November 17, 2015)

France condemns the attack of November 17 in the city of Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, that left 32 dead and 80 injured.

Since 2009, the terrorist group Boko Haram has killed more than 17,000 people in Nigeria and neighboring countries, mostly civilians.

We stand with the authorities of Nigeria and the countries of the region in their fight against terrorism.


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