Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, April 21, 2015)

 

• Afghanistan – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
• Israel/ Palestinian Territories – Terrorist attack in Jerusalem (April 15, 2015)
• China – Economic diplomacy – Signing of a contract for the new streetcar line in Shanghai by Alstom (April 21, 2015)
• Somalia – Ending of the moratorium on the death penalty in Somaliland (April 13, 2015)


Afghanistan – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

700 locally hired civilian personnel, most of them Afghan nationals, worked with the French forces in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2014. A commission has been set up to examine their applications to settle in France. 258 applications have been filed. To date, 73 visa applications concerning 179 people have been accepted.

France has a responsibility toward its personnel; it will not shirk this responsibility. Although working with France does not mean that an individual has an absolute right to settle in France, the reality of the risk incurred by the individual must obviously be taken into account.

That’s why the pending applications will be processed within two months. Rejected applications will be reviewed within the same timeframe, at the request of the individuals concerned.

 


Israel/ Palestinian Territories – Terrorist attack in Jerusalem (April 15, 2015)

France has taken note of the statements issued by the Israeli police confirming the terrorist nature of the attack that claimed the life of one of our compatriots, Shalom Yohai Cherki, on April 15 in Jerusalem. It condemns this attack.

We express our condolences to our compatriot’s family.

Full light must be shed on this cowardly murder, the perpetrators of which must be brought to justice.

 


China – Economic diplomacy – Signing of a contract for the new streetcar line in Shanghai by Alstom (April 21, 2015)

Alstom and its partner, Shanghai Rail Traffic Equipment Development (SRTED), have just been awarded a contract to provide 30 streetcars for the first two streetcar lines in Songjiang, a suburban district of Shanghai. This is the first “Citadis” streetcar project to be implemented in China.

This contract calls for the extensive involvement of French industrial sites and will notably mobilize Alstom’s teams in La Rochelle, Le Creusot, Villeurbanne and Tarbes.

The project, which is worth €72 million, is aimed at revitalizing urban life, while making a contribution to environmental protection. It reflects the vitality of our bilateral cooperation following Laurent Fabius’s 9th visit to China in January 2015 and the state visits by the French and Chinese presidents in 2013 and 2014.

 


Somalia – Ending of the moratorium on the death penalty in Somaliland (April 13, 2015)

France deplores the resumption of executions in Somaliland, after a moratorium had been observed for nearly 9 years.

We reaffirm our resolute and constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances.

France urges Somaliland to re-establish a moratorium on executions, the first step toward complete abolition.