Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, February 3, 2015)

Climate – OECD – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in a round table (Paris, February 3, 2015)
European Union – Joint visit by Mr. Harlem Désir and his British counterpart to the Saclay plateau (February 4, 2015)
Nigeria – Terrorist attacks in Gombe (February 2, 2015)
African Union


Climate – OECD – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in a round table (Paris, February 3, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, participated in a round table this morning at the OECD headquarters on the fight against climate disruption and sustainable development.

Ministerial-level officials, experts and representatives of businesses and international organizations from all over the world participated in these discussions, which notably focused on distortions in competitiveness that are holding back the fight against climate disruption and on the “solution agenda,” which identifies private sector actions in support of the transition toward low-carbon economies.

The meeting provided an opportunity to identify avenues of cooperation in order to enhance coordination of national policies.

These issues will be the subject of further debate in the run-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

Mr. Laurent Fabius, together with Mr. Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of OECD, also took stock of the challenges for 2015, including the OECD ministerial meeting scheduled to take place at the beginning of June which France will co-chair.


European Union – Joint visit by Mr. Harlem Désir and his British counterpart to the Saclay plateau (February 4, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will tomorrow receive his British counterpart, Mr. David Lidington, in order to work on strengthening our bilateral cooperation and to work at the European level to promote growth, employment and innovation.

Mr. Désir and Mr. Lidington will visit the Institut Villebon Charpak (a Paris Tech research and higher education institute) which offers school reintegration and career development programs to young people from underprivileged areas whose education has been interrupted.

They will then go to the Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission, in order to visit the Nano-INNOV research center, which is supported by European funds.

Accreditation: secretariat-presse.cabaeu@diplomatie.gouv.fr or 01 43 17 55 76.


Nigeria – Terrorist attacks in Gombe (February 2, 2015)

France condemns the attacks that have been carried out in recent days in the city of Gombe.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families. The perpetrators must be brought to justice.

By targeting a rally in support of a candidate for the presidential election, the perpetrators of these heinous acts again demonstrated their rejection of democracy.

France lends its support to the Nigerian authorities and people in their fight against terrorism. It supports the holding of free, transparent and peaceful elections to which the candidates have committed themselves.



African Union

What’s your response to the appointment of Robert Mugabe as Chairman of the African Union?

France takes note of the appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as Chairman of the African Union at the 27th AU Summit which took place in Addis Ababa.

We pay tribute to the action of the Mauritanian presidency which has just come to an end. It demonstrated its determination to work toward peace and security, by engaging in crisis management and undertaking efforts to combat terrorism.

France, which would like to continue its active partnership with the African Union, supports the continental integration process and the strengthening of Africa’s crisis-response capabilities.