Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, February 5, 2015)

Denmark – Meetings between Ms. Girardin, Mr. Fekl and Mr. Mogens Jensen, Danish Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation (Paris, February 5 to 6, 2015)
Development – Climate – Meeting between Ms. Annick Girardin and the Gabonese ministers of foreign affairs and economy (Paris, February 5, 2015)
Cameroon – Attack against the town of Fotokol (February 4, 2015)
Côte d'Ivoire – Egypt – Death of 6 Egyptian peacekeepers in a road accident (February 3, 2015)
Taiwan – Plane crash (February 4, 2015)
Syria – OPCW’s condemnation of the use of chlorine gas (February 4, 2015)



Denmark – Meetings between Ms. Girardin, Mr. Fekl and Mr. Mogens Jensen, Danish Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation (Paris, February 5 to 6, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, and Mr. Mathias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, will meet with Mr. Mogens Jensen, Danish Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation, on February 5 and 6.

Ms. Girardin and Mr. Jensen will prepare for the major international challenges in 2015: development financing, the post-2015 international development agenda and the fight against climate disruption in the run-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

Mr. Mathias Fekl will meet with Mr. Jensen to discuss key multilateral trade issues, including in particular the plan for a transatlantic trade and investment partnership. They will also work on the strengthening of economic and commercial exchanges between France and Denmark.


Development – Climate – Meeting between Ms. Annick Girardin and the Gabonese ministers of foreign affairs and economy (Paris, February 5, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will meet this afternoon with Mr. Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet, Gabonese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Régis Immongault-Tatagani, Minister of Economy.

They will discuss our bilateral cooperation and review our cooperation in the areas of development and environmental protection, in the run-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.


Cameroon – Attack against the town of Fotokol (February 4, 2015)

France condemns the heinous attack against the town of Fotokol carried out by Boko Haram terrorists, which killed several dozen civilians and soldiers.

We extend our wholehearted condolences to the victims’ families and to the Cameroonian and Chadian authorities. The perpetrators of these crimes must be held accountable for their acts.

France reaffirms its wholehearted solidarity with the authorities, the armed forces and the populations of Cameroon and Chad. Together with its African and international partners, it supports the efforts of the states of the region to combat terrorism and endorses the robust, coordinated regional response being implemented by the African Union.

Côte d'Ivoire – Egypt – Death of 6 Egyptian peacekeepers in a road accident (February 3, 2015)

France extends its condolences to the families of the 6 peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), who died in a road accident on the highway between Yamoussoukro and Abidjan, as well as to the Egyptian authorities.

Their death brings the number of peacekeepers killed since the creation of UNOCI in 2004 to 92.


Taiwan – Plane crash (February 4, 2015)

We were deeply shocked to learn of the tragic toll exacted by the plane crash which killed several dozen people yesterday.

France extends its condolences to the victims’ families and assures them of its solidarity at this difficult time.


Syria – OPCW’s condemnation of the use of chlorine gas (February 4, 2015)

In a decision adopted by 40 votes to one on February 4, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) condemned the use of chlorine gas in Syria. The OPCW Director-General will forward the reports of the fact-finding mission to the UN Security Council.

France welcomes the adoption of this decision, which will enable the international community to send a strong, clear message on the continued use of chlorine gas in Syria.

We would like the fact-finding mission to shed full light on all allegations regarding the use of chemical weapons made since Syria’s accession to the convention on the banning of these weapons.