Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, March 17, 2015)

 

• Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) - France, Italy and Germany announce their intention to become founding members of the AIIB – Joint statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Michel Sapin together with the German and Italian authorities (March 17, 2015)
• European Union – Mr. Harlem Désir’s participation in the General Affairs Council (Brussels, March 17, 2015)
• Central African Republic – Launch of operation EUMAM RCA (March 16, 2015)
• Climate – Presentation of the web documentary “79° North” (March 17, 2015)
 

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) - France, Italy and Germany announce their intention to become founding members of the AIIB – Joint statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Michel Sapin together with the German and Italian authorities (March 17, 2015)

France, Italy and Germany today announced their intention to become founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

This new investment bank, which aims to work in partnership with the existing multilateral investment and development banks, will be able to play a key role in financing the infrastructure that Asia badly needs. The AIIB will therefore contribute to the economic and social development of the region and to global growth.

France, Italy and Germany, in close collaboration with their international and European partners, are keen to join the founding members of the AIIB in order to work on establishing an institution that will adhere to best practices in the areas of governance, security, loans and public procurement.

Has France decided to participate in the AIIB, as some media outlets have reported? Why has France decided to participate in this bank? What interests will this bank serve for France and Europe? Can you confirm that France has decided to join a Chinese development bank (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank)?

Please refer to the joint statement that we’ve just made together with the German and Italian authorities.

 

European Union – Mr. Harlem Désir’s participation in the General Affairs Council (Brussels, March 17, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit Brussels today to participate in the General Affairs Council. The agenda includes two key items:

 

Central African Republic – Launch of operation EUMAM RCA (March 16, 2015)

France welcomes the launch of the European military advisory mission EUMAM RCA, approved on March 16 by Mr. Laurent Fabius and his European counterparts at the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels.

It replaces the European task force in CAR (EUFOR RCA), which ended its mission on March 15. EUFOR RCA ensured the security of the airport and the 3rd and 5th districts of Bangui for nearly a year, in close cooperation with the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA), and then the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) supported by France’s Operation Sangaris.

The EU is therefore committed over the long term to strengthening the capacity of the people of the Central African Republic to ensure their country’s stability; this commitment readily adapts to changes in the situation on the ground.

 

Climate – Presentation of the web documentary “79° North” (March 17, 2015)

On the occasion of the conference entitled “The Arctic as an early warning sentinel of climate change,” in which Mr. Laurent Fabius will participate this morning together with his Norwegian counterpart, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development will present the web documentary “79° North.”

This interactive program, consisting of photographs by Frédéric de La Mure in the run-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, was produced in the Norwegian archipelago of Spitsbergen, at the research station in Ny-Alesund near the 79th parallel north.

This web documentary’s varied multimedia content provides us with a better understanding of the effects of climate disruption – and notably the fact that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as anywhere else in the world – as well as the mobilization of the scientific community and researchers around the world with respect to this issue.

For more information, please visit: http://webdocs.diplomatie.gouv.fr/79nord/