Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, May 4, 2015)

 

• European Union – Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir and French parliamentarians to the European Central Bank (Frankfurt, May 4, 2015)
• Nepal – Update (May 4, 2015)
• Syria – Chemical attacks (May 2 to 3, 2015)
• Central African Republic – Opening of the National Bangui Forum (May 4, 2015)
• Cultural network update – Launch of the French festival in Croatia entitled “Rendez-vous” (Zagreb, May 5, 2015)


European Union – Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir and French parliamentarians to the European Central Bank (Frankfurt, May 4, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today visit the headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, accompanied by 12 French deputies and senators.

Mr. Désir and the parliamentary delegation will have working meetings on European banking supervision and regulations with Ms. Danièle Nouy, President of the Supervisory Council, as well as on monetary policy with Mr. Benoit Coeuré, a member of the Executive Board.

 


Nepal – Update (May 4, 2015)

The provisional toll issued by the Nepalese authorities following the earthquake stands at 7,040 dead and 14,120 injured as of Monday morning.

We are mobilizing our efforts in Paris as well as in Katmandu to locate and rescue our compatriots. Three people have died and seven French citizens are, in addition, still reported as missing. There is still no information about 42 of our compatriots.

Current efforts are focusing on helicopter rotations in remote areas outside of the capital, conducted in coordination with the Nepalese authorities. These have made it possible to bring 66 people to safety since Thursday, including 55 French citizens.

 


Syria – Chemical attacks (May 2 to 3, 2015)

Reports indicate that a deadly attack took place on May 2 and 3 near Idlib in northwestern Syria. The attack reportedly involved the use of air assets.

This chemical attack, if corroborated, would confirm that the Damascus regime is still not complying with its international obligations and is acting in violation of UNSCR 2118, as well as UNSCR 2209 condemning the use of chlorine, adopted on March 6.

The continuation of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons fact-finding mission, which France strongly supports, is more necessary than ever in order to shed light on the use of chemical weapons on Syrian territory. The perpetrators must be brought to justice.

 


Central African Republic – Opening of the National Bangui Forum (May 4, 2015)

France welcomes the opening of the National Bangui Forum, an important milestone in the process of dialogue and reconciliation initiated in July 2014 in Brazzaville, under the auspices of the mediator, President Sassou-Nguesso.

The forum is a major opportunity for the people of the Central African Republic to put the worst crisis in their history behind them, by drawing up the guidelines for a peaceful, united and democratic Central African Republic. In this regard, preparations for the presidential and parliamentary elections, which will mark the end of the transition, are especially important.

France calls on all people of the Central African Republic to support this reconciliation process led by the transitional authorities with the support of the international community and the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.

 


Cultural network update – Launch of the French festival in Croatia entitled “Rendez-vous” (Zagreb, May 5, 2015)

Following the “Croatie, la voici” event in France in 2012, Croatia will in return host a festival devoted to France from May to September 2015, with the support of our embassy and the Institut français.

This festival, entitled “Rendez-vous,” will showcase French culture and art of living through more than 150 events throughout the country, in areas as diverse as artistic creativity, digital arts, design, fashion, gastronomy, sport, higher education and research, tourism and the economy.

The start of the event will be marked by the inauguration tomorrow by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of a major exhibition on Rodin, to be staged in Zagreb and Split by the Rodin Museum and the Mestrovic Museum from May to September. Another highlight includes three special performances of Claude Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande from the recent Opéra-Comique production scheduled to take place from May 12 to 14 at the National Theater in Zagreb. The festival will come to a close at the beginning of October with a European forum on climate disruption, in the run-up to COP21, chaired by Mr. Laurent Fabius.

For more information please visit: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/dossiers-pays/croatie/la-france-et-la-croatie/evenements-4423/article/lancement-de-rendez-vous-le