Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, April 10, 2015)

 

• Saudi Arabia – Visit by Laurent Fabius (April 12)
• Nuclear Weapons – Deposit of French draft of Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty
• United Arab Emirates – Meetings by Laurent Fabius (Saudi Arabia, April 12)
• Seventh World Water Forum (South Korea, April 12-17)
• France’s attractiveness – Inauguration of the Caverne du Pont d’Arc, a replica of the Chauvet cave (April 2015)
• Presence of Harlem Désir at commemorative ceremonies marking the liberation of Buchenwald (April 12)
• European Union – Opening of  “Les Entretiens européens d’ Enghien” by Harlem Désir (Enghien-les-Bains, April 11)
• Climate – Speech by Laurent Fabius at the Jean Jaurès Foundation (Paris, April 10)
• Morocco – Road accident (April 10)
• Situation of Serge Atlaoui (Paris, April 9)
• European Union – Participation by Laurent Fabius in the ministerial meeting on the European southern neighborhood policy (Barcelona, April 13)  


Saudi Arabia – Visit by Laurent Fabius (April 12)

Laurent Fabius is traveling to Saudi Arabia tomorrow to meet with King Salman and a number of Saudi politicians. He will meet the crown prince; the deputy crown prince and interior minister; his counterpart; the defense minister and king’s chief of staff; the finance minister; the oil minister and the president of Kacare, the entity responsible for civilian nuclear energy.

During his first visit to Saudi Arabia since Salman became king, Mr. Fabius will reiterate his commitment to the friendship and strategic partnership between our two countries. He and his interlocutors will discuss the various crises in the Middle East and will endeavor to strengthen bilateral ties in every area, particularly in the economic and commercial spheres.

 


Nuclear Weapons – Deposit of French draft of Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty

As President Hollande announced on February 19, France presented an ambitious, realistic and verifiable draft of the cut-off treaty (FMCT) banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other explosive devices.

Deposited on April 9 at the Geneva Disarmament Conference, this text is being presented today. It will also be submitted as a working document to the 9th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in New York, running from April 27 to May 22.

This draft reflects France’s concrete commitment to nuclear disarmament. Beginning negotiations on this draft is an important step toward that objective and is a priority for France.

 


United Arab Emirates – Meetings by Laurent Fabius (Saudi Arabia, April 12)

On April 12, Laurent Fabius will meet with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

They will discuss regional issues as well as the main areas of bilateral cooperation between France and the United Arab Emirates.

 


Seventh World Water Forum (South Korea, April 12-17)

From April 12 to 17, France will participate in the 7th World Water Forum, meeting in South Korea.

Three years after the Marseille Forum and a few months before the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21), the French delegation led by environment ambassador Xavier Sticker will lobby to place water at the heart of the UN’s future sustainable development agenda.

The water community has a key role to play in the fight against climate disruption and must be fully involved in the solutions agenda promoted by Laurent Fabius, president of the COP21.

 


France’s attractiveness – Inauguration of the Caverne du Pont d’Arc, a replica of the Chauvet cave (April 2015)

The ministry of foreign affairs and international development lobbied strongly to have Unesco grant World Heritage status to the “Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet” in June 2014. The cave harbors more than 1,000 drawings from the Aurignacian era, dating back more than 36,000 years.

Closed to the public to keep its wall paintings from deteriorating, the Chauvet cave and its treasures will remain accessible thanks to the creation of a remarkable replica, the Caverne du Pont d’Arc, inaugurated today by President Hollande.

It took 30 months to construct this replica of the Chauvet cave, which is accurate “to the last millimeter.” Located a few hundred yards from the original cave, the Caverne du Pont d’Arc – an incredible scientific and technological feat – will open to the public on April 25.

For more information, visit http://lacavernedupontdarc.org/la-replique/.

 


Presence of Harlem Désir at commemorative ceremonies marking the liberation of Buchenwald (April 12)

On April 12, European affairs minister Harlem Désir will represent France at ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald. With nearly 250,000 deportees from across Europe, Buchenwald was one of the largest concentration camps. Mr. Désir will be accompanied by a delegation of representatives from institutions that preserve the memory of the deportation and civil society figures.

The first part of the ceremony will be held at the German National Theater in Weimar and will be attended by 250 former prisoners and their families, as well as by Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament; Bodo Ramelow, minister-president of Thuringia; and representatives of the federal government.

Mr. Désir will then pay tribute to all the victims by laying a wreath at the former camp’s muster ground.

 


European Union – Opening of  “Les Entretiens européens d’ Enghien” by Harlem Désir (Enghien-les-Bains, April 11)

Tomorrow, European affairs minister Harlem Désir will open the meeting known as “Les Entretiens européens d’Enghien” at the invitation of the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) and the town of Enghien-les-Bains.

This seventh edition will feature a number of speakers, including political figures, journalists, diplomats and academics.

Its theme will be “Europe between power and vulnerability” and will deal with the major challenges the European continent is currently facing, among them, ending the economic crisis, the situation in Ukraine, and counterterrorism.

 


Climate – Speech by Laurent Fabius at the Jean Jaurès Foundation (Paris, April 10)

This morning Laurent Fabius, president of the COP21, attended the meeting organized by the Jean Jaurès Foundation on the challenges in the fight against climate disruption.

High-level experts and a group of eminent personalities, such as John Kufuor, United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change and former president of Ghana, and Massimo D’Alema, former Italian prime minister, talked about their national experiences and the impact of climate disruption on economic and human development.

The purpose of this conference is to encourage ideas and propose solutions, with a view to a universal climate agreement, which will be adopted at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

 


Morocco – Road accident (April 10)

France was shocked to learn of the terrible bus accident on April 10, on the road between Laayoune and Tan-Tan, which killed over 30 people, including many children, and injured several others.

We extend our condolences to the bereaved and assure the Moroccan authorities of our solidarity at this tragic time.

 


Situation of Serge Atlaoui (Paris, April 9)

Laurent Fabius, minister of foreign affairs and international development, had a meeting yesterday with the Indonesian Ambassador to France to express his extreme concern about the situation of our compatriot Serge Atlaoui, sentenced to death by the Indonesian courts.

Recalling that France respects Indonesia’s sovereignty, Mr. Fabius emphasized France’s steadfast opposition to the death penalty and our total vigilance regarding respect for the rights of the defense.

In the context of the appeal lodged by Mr. Atlaoui, which has just been transferred to the Supreme Court, he asked for the Indonesian judicial authorities to examine our compatriot’s case carefully and calmly, with due regard for his rights and Indonesia’s international commitments.

 


European Union – Participation by Laurent Fabius in the ministerial meeting on the European southern neighborhood policy (Barcelona, April 13)  

Laurent Fabius will participate in a ministerial meeting in Barcelona on April 13 devoted to the European southern neighborhood policy.

The meeting is organized by Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, José Manuel García-Margallo, Spanish Foreign Minister, and Edgars Rinkēvičs, Latvian Foreign Minister. In addition to the 28 European Union member states, it will bring together our eight partners from the southern shore of the Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories and Tunisia). The discussions will allow us to tackle the common challenges we are encountering in the Mediterranean. Looking ahead to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), Mr. Fabius will talk, among other things, about the challenges in the fight against climate disruption.