Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, February 6, 2015)

Security – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Munich Security Conference (February 8, 2015)
Climate – Meetings between Mr. Laurent Fabius and the COP20 negotiating team (Geneva, February 8, 2015)
European Union - Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, February 9, 2015)
Discussion between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian Minister Delegate responsible for African and Maghreb Affairs (February 6, 2015)
Côte d’Ivoire – Morocco – Death of three Moroccan peacekeepers in a road accident (January 27, 2015)
Africa – Economic diplomacy –Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Franco-African Growth Forum

United Nations – International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation



Security – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Munich Security Conference (February 8, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will participate on February 8, 2015, in the 51st Munich Security Conference.

This annual forum devoted to security and defense issues will be attended, as it is every year, by numerous heads of state and government, foreign affairs and defense ministers and heads of international organizations. Several NGOs will also be represented.

The conference will focus on the situation in eastern Ukraine. The fight against terrorism, the future of European defense, the strengthening of the UN’s role in resolving conflicts and the Iranian nuclear issue will also be discussed.

Mr. Laurent Fabius will speak alongside Mr. Franck-Walter Steinmeier, German Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State. He will also hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts, including in particular Mr. Zarif, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Climate – Meetings between Mr. Laurent Fabius and the COP20 negotiating team (Geneva, February 8, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will travel to Geneva on February 8 on the occasion of the meeting of the international working group (ADP) tasked with preparing the preliminary draft agreement for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

He will meet with Mr. Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Peruvian Minister of the Environment and President of COP20, Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as with Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf and Mr. Daniel Reifsnyder, Co-Chairs of the ADP working group.

Following his visit to India and just ahead of his visit to Indonesia, these meetings will provide an opportunity to review progress on the negotiations for the future universal climate agreement and to coordinate our action with the Peruvian presidency and the UN.


European Union - Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, February 9, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will participate on February 9 in the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the following issues, in addition to the situation in Ukraine:

- Libya: The ministers will discuss EU support for UN action, while Mr. Bernardino Leon is planning to bring the parties in Libya together following the negotiations in Geneva;

- Yemen: The EU’s contribution to the democratic political transition will be reviewed;

- Fight against terrorism: The ministers will prepare for the informal European Council on February 12, including with respect to cooperation with third countries;
- Africa – The Foreign Affairs Council will launch a European military mission to support the reform of the armed forces of the Central African Republic and will adopt conclusions on the fight against Boko Haram.


Discussion between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian Minister Delegate responsible for African and Maghreb Affairs (February 6, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, spoke today with Mr. Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian Minister Delegate responsible for African and Maghreb Affairs.

They shared their analysis of the inter-Malian negotiations and expressed their hope that an agreement could be swiftly reached during the next negotiation session in Algiers.

The ministers also reviewed the situation in Libya and signaled their support for the mediation efforts of Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Bernardino Leon aimed at the formation of a national unity government.


Côte d’Ivoire – Morocco – Death of three Moroccan peacekeepers in a road accident (January 27, 2015)

We have been informed that three Moroccan peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire were killed in a traffic accident near Guiglo.

France extends its condolences to the victims’ families and friends.

In these painful circumstances, it expresses its heartfelt sympathy to the Moroccan authorities and people.


Africa – Economic diplomacy –Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Franco-African Growth Forum

This morning, Foreign Affairs and International Development Minister Laurent Fabius opened the first Franco-African Forum for Shared Growth. He was accompanied by Finance Minister Michel Sapin and Emmanuel Macron, minister for the economy, industry and digital affairs.
This initiative, which originated with the December 2013 Elysée summit, brings together African heads of state and government with ministerial representatives and French and African business leaders. It also marked the launch of the French-African Foundation for Growth by [French-Beninese economist] Lionel Zinzou.

With an average growth rate of 5 percent in recent years, as well as an ongoing digital revolution and innovations in every field, Africa presents numerous possibilities for partnerships and exchanges. The participants underscored two major priorities: youth employment and innovation. Mr. Fabius also evoked the upcoming 2015 Paris Climate Conference and the French Development Agency’s support for African countries to facilitate their transition to low-carbon economic development.


United Nations – International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, France reaffirms its condemnation of these practices.

More than 125 million girls and women worldwide have been subjected to female genital mutilation. 53,000 of them currently live in France. Worldwide, nearly 3 million girls under the age of five risk being mutilated each year.

France is committed, both within multilateral forums and as part of its bilateral cooperation, to bringing an end to these mutilations.