Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, January 15, 2015)

 

• Humanitarian assistance/ Ebola - Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and European Commissioner Christos Stylianides (Paris, Jan. 15, 2015)
• Attractiveness of France – Inauguration of the Philharmonie de Paris (Jan. 14, 2015)
• Tourism – Gastronomy – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and the “Club de la Table Française” (Paris, Jan. 14, 2015)
• Institut du Monde Arabe - Forum on the “Renewal of the Arab World” (Jan. 15 to 16, 2015)
• Libya – Meeting in Geneva (Jan. 14 to 16, 2015)
• European Union - Visit by Harlem Désir to IFP Energies Nouvelles, winner of the Stars of Europe trophy (Rueil-Malmaison, Jan. 15)
• Ukraine – Bombing of a bus in Volnovakha (Jan. 13)
• Development - Signature of a framework agreement between the French Development Agency and the French Agricultural Research Center for International Development (Paris, Jan. 14)
 

Humanitarian assistance/ Ebola - Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and European Commissioner Christos Stylianides (Paris, Jan. 15, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive Mr. Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and EU Ebola Response Coordinator, on January 15.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to take stock of the fight against Ebola and the international and European response to crisis situations, notably in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and countries that are being attacked by Boko Haram. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges facing the countries emerging from crisis, such as Mali or the Central African Republic. The issue of climate refugees will also be addressed.

Following this meeting, Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will receive Mr. Stylianides for a working lunch.

 

Attractiveness of France – Inauguration of the Philharmonie de Paris (Jan. 14, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will this evening participate in the inauguration of the Philharmonie de Paris; on this occasion, President Hollande will extend his New Year greetings to the cultural community.

The new building, designed by Jean Nouvel, the architect who designed the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Quai Branly Museum and the Agbar Tower in Barcelona, will serve as a venue for symphony concerts, contemporary creative works, modern music and music education activities.

The new Philharmonie, which boasts excellent acoustics and is open to major French and international ensembles, will enhance France’s attractiveness and international cultural influence.

 

Tourism – Gastronomy – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and the “Club de la Table Française” (Paris, Jan. 14, 2015)

In the context of the work initiated during the tourism conferences held in June 2014, which identified gastronomy as a priority area, Mr. Laurent Fabius will today participate in a meeting with the “Club de la Table Française” [French dining club] at the Ferrandi culinary school.

Mr. Laurent Fabius called on Mr. Bruno de Monte, Director of the Ferrandi culinary school, and Antoine Cachin, Chairman of the French Institute of Tourism, to serve as rapporteurs for a Tourism Promotion Council project focusing on training. They will issue their conclusions in March. Further enhancing our welcome to tourists requires considerable training efforts in all tourism-related professions, notably through the learning of foreign languages. The image of restaurant-related professions must be enhanced, since they represent the face of gastronomy for foreign tourists.

Gastronomy has been included in the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and is a major asset for France’s tourism and foreign trade. With a turnover of €190 billion in 2013 and 12,000 firms (98% of which are SMEs with less than 250 employees), agriculture and agri-food are key economic sectors, accounting for our second largest trade surplus, after aerospace. Three sectors – wines and spirits, cereals and dairy products – account for 38% of total exports.

 

Institut du Monde Arabe - Forum on the “Renewal of the Arab World” (Jan. 15 to 16, 2015)

The global forum on the “Renewal of the Arab World” will take place from January 15 to 16 at the Institut du Monde Arabe, under the patronage of President Hollande, in the presence of the minister of foreign affairs and international development and the chairman of the Institut du Monde Arabe. Mr. Laurent Fabius will receive those participating in this event at the Quai d'Orsay on January 15 in the evening.

The forum will bring together personalities from 21 Arab countries – intellectuals, entrepreneurs, project developers – to focus on 6 topics: entrepreneurship, education, energy, cities, the voice of women, and culture.

This event will provide an opportunity to share projects, experiences, ideas and concrete actions in order to develop knowledge, understanding, innovation, and support freedom and creativity.

For more information please visit: http://www.thinkers-doers.com/wp-content/uploads/20150110-Programme-IMA-FR.pdf

 

Libya – Meeting in Geneva (Jan. 14 to 16, 2015)

France welcomes the efforts of Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Bernardino Leon, as well as the announcement that an inter-Libyan political dialogue meeting will take place in Geneva.

We call on all personalities invited to participate in these discussions aimed at putting an end to the crisis affecting the country to restore peace and stability and to relaunch the political transition in Libya.

 

European Union - Visit by Harlem Désir to IFP Energies Nouvelles, winner of the Stars of Europe trophy (Rueil-Malmaison, Jan. 15)

European Affairs secretary Harlem Désir is visiting IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) in Rueil-Malmaison today. This public research, innovation and training institution working in the fields of energy, transportation and the environment is one of 12 winners of the Stars of Europe trophy, showcasing French entities that are on the cutting edge of research and innovation, and acknowledging the project coordinators for initiatives that receive European financing.

Mr. Désir will meet with the research team of the SiteChar project, which is working on carbon capture and storage. Other innovative projects will also be presented, including the transformation of biomass into fuel and chemicals, and the development of cleaner transportation.

This visit reflects our commitment to research and innovation in Europe, which offers prospects for the future and concrete solutions for its citizens. With the Paris Climate Conference taking place this year, Mr. Désir is also underscoring the importance of European cooperation as a vehicle to advance the fight against climate disruption.

 

Ukraine – Bombing of a bus in Volnovakha (Jan. 13)

France condemns the attack on a bus in Volnovakha, in the Donetsk region, which killed 11 civilians and left 17 injured, according to the last report.

We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and to the Ukrainian authorities.

This criminal act must be thoroughly investigated and its perpetrators brought to justice.

France has mobilized its efforts to promote a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict, which has left more than 5,000 dead and gone on for too long. It is crucial to implement the Minsk agreements, particularly with respect to the cease-fire and the confirmation of a line of withdrawal for military equipment. France calls on the parties to assume all their responsibilities in order to succeed at this.

Laurent Fabius is in close contact with his German, Russian and Ukrainian counterparts in this regard. New conversations in the Normandy format should take place in the coming days.

 

Development - Signature of a framework agreement between the French Development Agency and the French Agricultural Research Center for International Development (Paris, Jan. 14)

This afternoon, the French Development Agency and the French Agricultural Research Center for International Development (CIRAD) will sign a new framework agreement in the presence of Development and Francophonie minister Annick Girardin.

This agreement will strengthen continuity between research and operational applications. It will greatly enhance the effectiveness of public service in the area of development.

In this key year for the fight against climate disruption, strengthened cooperation between these two institutions illustrates the very close connection between development and the protection of the planet.