Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, March 31, 2015)

 

• Syria – Ms. Annick Girardin’s participation in the 3rd international donor conference for Syria (Kuwait, March 31, 2015)
• Mali – Attack against the International Committee of the Red Cross (March 30, 2015)
• Uganda – Murder of Joan Kagezi (March 30, 2015)
• Attractiveness of France – Spain – Opening of the pop-up Pompidou Center in Malaga (March 28, 2015)


Syria – Ms. Annick Girardin’s participation in the 3rd international donor conference for Syria (Kuwait, March 31, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will today participate in the 3rd international donor conference for Syria. The Syrian crisis has caused the death of 220,000 people, driven 10 million Syrians from their homes and threatens to destabilize the entire region. This third donor conference aims to respond to the humanitarian crisis affecting millions of displaced persons and refugees and to respond to the needs of the neighboring countries that are receiving refugees.   Since the start of the crisis, France has mobilized more than €100 million in humanitarian assistance and development projects to help the Syrian people and the neighboring countries. Mr. Laurent Fabius, who chaired a meeting in New York on March 27 at the Security Council on Eastern Christians and other minorities under threat in the Middle East, proposed establishing a fund to assist returning refugees. The only way to put an end to this humanitarian tragedy is through a political transition in Syria.

 


Mali – Attack against the International Committee of the Red Cross (March 30, 2015)

France condemns the terrorist attack targeted against a humanitarian convoy belonging to the International Committee of the Red Cross on March 30 in the Gao region which killed one person. We extend our condolences to the victim’s family and express our solidarity with the International Committee of the Red Cross. France pays tribute to the courage of the humanitarian workers who provide assistance to civilian populations all over the world, often at great risk to their lives.

 


Uganda – Murder of Joan Kagezi (March 30, 2015)

France condemns the murder on March 30 in Kampala of the prosecutor Joan Kagezi, Head of the Anti-terrorism and War Crimes Section of the Ugandan High Court. We extend our condolences to her family and friends. France would like the investigation launched by the Ugandan authorities to shed full light on this heinous and cowardly crime, the perpetrators of which must be brought to justice.

 


Attractiveness of France – Spain – Opening of the pop-up Pompidou Center in Malaga (March 28, 2015)

The George Pompidou National Art and Cultural Center opened its first “pop-up Pompidou Center” on March 28 in Malaga in a futuristic building called “El Cubo” (the Cube) in the Andalusian port for a period of five years. It will provide Malaga with a selection of almost one hundred artworks from its Parisian collection. Francis Bacon, Chagall, Magritte, Max Ernst, Julio Gonzalez Brancusi and of course Picasso – who was born in Malaga – will be showcased there. This selection will be regularly updated and will be complemented by numerous events: temporary exhibitions lasting from 3 to 6 months, programs devoted to dance, theater, cinema, video, activities targeting young audiences, etc. The opening of this Pompidou Center in Malaga is part of a process aimed at encouraging openness on the part of France’s major museums, which have been experimenting with projects outside of Paris and abroad for several years now in order to reach new audiences. The Malaga experiment could be extended to other continents. For more information, please visit:  https://www.centrepompidou.fr/cpv/ressource.action?param.id=FR_R-1456978ba765b3a4868b2a104af5b¶m.idSource=FR_E-c60ffd35-e67a-4309-b8a6-80b1a1a2d290