Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, April 13, 2015)

 

• European Union – Speech delivered by Mr. Harlem Désir at the Claude Monet lycée for the pre-launch of the “Retour à l'école/Back to School” program (April 13, 2015)
• Germany – Meeting between Mr. Harlem Désir and Mr. Jörg Asmussen, Germany's State Secretary responsible for Labor and Social Affairs (Paris, April 14, 2015)
• Climate – Ms. Girardin’s participation in the “COP21: What is France’s leadership role?” conference (Paris, April 13, 2015)
• Syria – Violence perpetrated by the regime and Daesh
• Libya – Attacks against the Embassies of South Korea and Morocco in Tripoli (April 12 to 13, 2015)
• Egypt – Attacks in the Sinai (April 12)
• Ukraine – Death of a journalist
• Mali – Attack on government soldiers in Diabaly (April 12)


European Union – Speech delivered by Mr. Harlem Désir at the Claude Monet lycée for the pre-launch of the “Retour à l'école/Back to School” program (April 13, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit his former high school (Lycée Claude Monet, 1 rue du Dr Magnan, 75013 Paris) today at 2:30 pm to publicize his action in support of Europe, exchange views and respond to questions from students about the EU.

On Mr. Désir’s initiative, France is participating for the first time in the “Back to School/Retour à l'Ecole” program.

Officials from European institutions are invited to come and meet with students at schools they themselves attended in order to talk, in a meaningful way, about Europe to young people and to talk about the European integration project as seen from the inside.

 


Germany – Meeting between Mr. Harlem Désir and Mr. Jörg Asmussen, Germany's State Secretary responsible for Labor and Social Affairs (Paris, April 14, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs and Secretary-General for French-German Cooperation, will meet tomorrow with Mr. Jörg Asmussen, Germany's State Secretary responsible for Labor and Social Affairs.

This meeting will take place within the framework of the second French-German Professional Training and Apprenticeship Day devoted to “The future of our young people: a European challenge,” organized on the initiative of the French-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the presence of representatives from companies and training institutions.

The work will focus on professional training, the needs of businesses and the integration of young people into the labor market in our two countries.

 


Climate – Ms. Girardin’s participation in the “COP21: What is France’s leadership role?” conference (Paris, April 13, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will this afternoon participate in the “COP21: What is France’s leadership role?” conference, organized by the touteleurope.fr website at the National Assembly.

Following her visit to East Africa, Annick Girardin will discuss the relationship between development policy and the fight against climate disruption and the need for a solutions agenda, a key issue to be addressed at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

In the presence of parliamentarians, international figures and young citizens, the minister of state will exchange views with Ms. Teresa Ribera, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, and Mr. Frédéric Roussel, Co-founder of the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) and member of the Executive Committee of “Convergences.”

 


Syria – Violence perpetrated by the regime and Daesh

France condemns the intense bombing carried out by the Syrian regime’s air force in recent days. On Saturday, 35 people were killed in Aleppo, including at least 5 children during an attack against a school. In Idlib, the bombing has reportedly killed more than 236 people in the past two weeks. A large majority of the victims of these daily indiscriminate raids are civilians. Nothing can justify these acts.

France expresses its concern about the disastrous humanitarian situation in the Palestinian refugee camp in Yarmouk. Daesh’s offensive is further exacerbating the suffering of its inhabitants. Thousands of civilians have been besieged and left to starve there for more than two years and are being targeted by the regime’s bombing.

We call for an end to this violence which flouts the most basic principles of international humanitarian law. The perpetrators must be brought to justice.

France also reaffirms the urgent need to work toward a political solution in Syria that will fully implement the Geneva Communiqué, the only way to put an end to the conflict.

 


Libya – Attacks against the Embassies of South Korea and Morocco in Tripoli (April 12 to 13, 2015)

France condemns the attacks targeted against the Embassies of South Korea and Morocco in Tripoli on Sunday night.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families. France assures the Korean and Moroccan authorities as well as all Libyans of its solidarity.

As Mr. Laurent Fabius indicated on April 12 alongside his German, American, British, Spanish and Italian colleagues, we call on all participants in the dialogue, which will resume this week under the leadership of Mr. Bernardino León, to reach an agreement on the formation of a national unity government and to achieve an unconditional ceasefire.

 


Egypt – Attacks in the Sinai (April 12)

France condemns the two attacks in northern Sinai that took the lives of 14 people, including many soldiers and police officers, on April 12.

We offer our condolences to the families of the victims.

France assures the Egyptian people and government of its solidarity and stands by their side in the fight against terrorism.

 


Ukraine – Death of a journalist

France was deeply saddened by news of an attack in eastern Ukraine in which one journalist was reportedly killed and another seriously injured. We offer our condolences to the family of the deceased journalist.

A thorough investigation must illuminate the circumstances of this attack.

General Christophe Gomart told Parliament on March 25 that he believed Russia had no intention of intervening militarily in Ukraine. However, many open sources and NATO suggest the opposite. Do you have any comment on this subject?

Laurent Fabius will meet with his German, Russian and Ukrainian counterparts today in Berlin to take stock of the implementation of the measures agreed in Minsk.

If the process that was agreed upon is followed, these measures will make it possible to secure Ukraine’s eastern border.

Today, a ministerial meeting in the Normandy format is being held in Berlin. What is France’s position on the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine?

During that meeting in Berlin this evening, Laurent Fabius will reiterate that the political process must take priority, along with the full implementation of the measures agreed in Minsk on February 12, particularly the respect of the cease-fire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons, under the supervision of the OSCE’s special monitoring mission.

 


Mali – Attack on government soldiers in Diabaly (April 12)

France condemns the attack that took the lives of two Malian soldiers and injured two others in Diabaly on April 12.

We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and to the Malian authorities.

With Operation Barkhane, France remains resolutely committed to fighting terrorism with Mali.