Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, April 9, 2015)

 

• Cyberattack - TV5 Monde – Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
• Kenya – Visit by Annick Girardin (April 9-10)
• Oman – Visit by Matthias Fekl (April 9)
• Economic diplomacy - Innovation - Hello Tomorrow Challenge (Paris, April 9)


Cyberattack - TV5 Monde – Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

I firmly condemn yesterday evening’s cyberattack on TV5 Monde, an international French-speaking channel which is the fruit of a unique partnership between several countries.

This morning I went to the channel’s headquarters with Bernard Cazeneuve and Fleur Pellerin to express my solidarity to the TV5 Monde team. Everything will be done to identify the perpetrators of this attack and bring them to justice.

Once again, terrorists are targeting freedom of expression and information. We are utterly determined to combat terrorism.

 


Kenya – Visit by Annick Girardin (April 9-10)

Annick Girardin, minister of state for development and Francophonie, is arriving in Kenya today as part of a series of trips to East Africa to prepare for the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21).  

During this visit, she will meet with the chancellor of Moi University, whose Garissa campus was struck by terrorists on April 2. In Nairobi she will attend a vigil organized by civil society groups for the 148 victims.  

Ms. Girardin will convey France’s support to the Kenyan people and authorities and will stress our shared determination to combat terrorism.

 


Oman – Visit by Matthias Fekl (April 9)

Matthias Fekl, minister of state for foreign trade, promotion of tourism and French nationals abroad, is visiting the Sultanate of Oman on April 9.  

In line with last October’s consultations between the foreign ministries’ secretaries-general, this visit will bolster the political relationship between our two countries and will deal with regional issues.  

Accompanied by a delegation of French company representatives, Mr. Fekl will promote French commercial services, notably in the transportation and energy sectors, and will speak to economic decision makers and authorities about France’s attractiveness.  

He will also meet with the French-Omani business community and French nationals living in the country.

 


Economic diplomacy - Innovation - Hello Tomorrow Challenge (Paris, April 9)

Xavier Duportet, president of the Hello Tomorrow innovators’ network, was at the Quai d’Orsay this morning to present an analysis of basic trends in scientific and technical innovation in six key sectors: agrifoods, healthcare, energy and environment, IT, materials and production, and transportation and mobility. 

The ministry of foreign affairs and international development is mobilizing its efforts to support initiatives fostering technological and scientific innovation, a major growth factor, and to boost France’s attractiveness in this area. In addition to specific programs designed for innovative companies (NETVA, YEI, COOPOL Innovation), the French diplomatic network lends its support to innovative private and public players worldwide.  

Hello Tomorrow, which brings together young entrepreneurs and economic figures from around the world, is hosting an international innovation competition in which 3,600 start-ups are participating, and whose results will be unveiled in Paris on June 25-26.  

For more information, visit hello-tomorrow.org.