The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 23, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Germany / Vocational training – Launch of a pilot project by Myriam El Khomri and Harlem Désir (Paris - November 23, 2015)

◢  Tourism – Meeting of tourism stakeholders chaired by Matthias Fekl (Paris - November 23, 2015)

◢  Syria / Iraq / Daesh / United Nations – Adoption by the Security Council of Resolution 2249 / Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (November 20, 2015)

◢  Burundi – Violence in Bujumbura (November 21 to 22, 2015)

◢  Cameroon – Attacks in Nigué (November 21, 2015)

◢  Myanmar / Burma – Landslide (November 21, 2015)

 
Germany / Vocational training – Launch of a pilot project by Myriam El Khomri and Harlem Désir (Paris - November 23, 2015)

This afternoon at the Quai d’Orsay, Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs and Secretary-General for French-German Cooperation, will preside over the launch of the French-German pilot project to promote the mobility of apprentices, alongside Myriam El Khomri, Minister of Labor, Employment, Vocational Training and Social Dialogue, and Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, Ambassador of Germany.

The firms involved in this project will be represented at the launch (Allianz, Michelin, Danone, Bosch, BASF, L'Oréal, Siemens, BNP Paribas, ENGIE, Airbus and Safran) alongside the young people who will benefit from the initiative, social partners, representatives of the “Erasmus plus” agency and the French-German Youth Office.

Together with the European student identity card and the European civic service initiative, this project is one of the three European youth projects entrusted to Harlem Désir by the prime minister, in cooperation with the ministers concerned.



Tourism – Meeting of tourism stakeholders chaired by Matthias Fekl (Paris - November 23, 2015)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will today chair a working meeting at the Quai d'Orsay with Parisian and Île-de-France tourism stakeholders, as well as representatives of travel agencies, tour operators, hotel and restaurant operators and transport companies (Air France, SNCF, ADP).

This meeting is aimed at exchanging information with tourism professionals about the immediate impact of the November 13 attacks on the main international markets. In conjunction with the diplomatic network and Atout France, the ministry's tourism promotion agency, the meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss the actions to be taken in the short term, notably with respect to communication with foreign tourists.



Syria / Iraq / Daesh / United Nations – Adoption by the Security Council of Resolution 2249 / Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (November 20, 2015)

In his speech before the Congress of the French Parliament gathered at Versailles, President Hollande expressed the wish that a resolution marking the international community’s determination to combat terrorism would be swiftly adopted.

I welcome the unanimous adoption by the Security Council of the resolution proposed by France. A week after the heinous attacks in Paris, this resolution calls for intensified efforts to combat Daesh and the groups affiliated with Al Qaeda.

All states must now make a solid commitment to this fight, whether in terms of military action, the search for political solutions or efforts to combat the financing of terrorism.



Burundi – Violence in Bujumbura (November 21 to 22, 2015)

France condemns the renewed violence which left at least five people dead in several areas of Bujumbura on November 21 and 22. The perpetrators must be brought to justice.

We call on all Burundian actors to demonstrate restraint and to refrain from using violence. Relaunching a dialogue outside the country that is open to all parties and will preserve the gains made thanks to the Arusha Agreement is the only way to resolve the crisis.

France continues to support the efforts of the African Union, the East African Community and Uganda in this direction.



Cameroon – Attacks in Nigué (November 21, 2015)

France condemns the attacks that led to the death of four people and injured many others on November 21 in Nigué (northern Cameroon), close to Fotokol, a town that has already greatly suffered due to terrorism.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families.

France reaffirms its wholehearted solidarity with the Cameroonian authorities and people, who are working alongside the other Lake Chad Basin countries to combat terrorism.



Myanmar / Burma – Landslide (November 21, 2015)

We were shocked to learn of the landslide that occurred on November 21 in a mine in northern Burma, which resulted in a large number of deaths.

In these painful circumstances, France extends its condolences to the Burmese authorities and people, as well as to the victims’ families.


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