The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris - February 18, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Turkey / Attack in Ankara – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault (February 17, 2016)

◢  European Union – Launch of a guide to European funding by Harlem Désir (February 18, 2016)

◢  Greece – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and his counterpart (Paris - February 18, 2016)

◢  Yemen – Attack in Aden (February 17, 2016)

◢  Egypt – Death of Mohamed Hassanein Heikal (February 17, 2016)

 
Turkey / Attack in Ankara – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault (February 17, 2016)

In the wake of the attack carried out this afternoon in Ankara, I extended my heartfelt condolences to my Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

My thoughts go to the many victims and their families.

I assured him of the support of France - which condemns this unspeakable act - and its solidarity with Turkey and its people in the fight against terrorism.



European Union – Launch of a guide to European funding by Harlem Désir (February 18, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today launch the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development's online guide to European funding.

This guide, which has been developed within the framework of a partnership with touteleurope.eu, the leading online portal providing information about European issues, is aimed at all those who have projects that could benefit from European funds. It provides a ready-to-use comprehensive overview of all European funding. It will therefore facilitate wider ownership of European policies by all citizens and economic stakeholders.

France will receive €26 billion from the European Structural Funds during the period 2014-2020. A large number of projects, notably investment projects, are also supported by common policies, notably the Horizon 2020 Program for Research and Innovation, the European Interconnection Mechanism for transport, energy and communication infrastructure and the ERASMUS youth mobility program.

For more information, please visit: www.touteleurope.eu/financements



Greece – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and his counterpart (Paris - February 18, 2016)

Today Matthias Fekl, minister of state for foreign trade, the promotion of tourism, and French nationals abroad, will meet with Dimitris Mardas, Greece's deputy minister of foreign affairs responsible for international economic relations.

They will review the implementation of the economic component of the French-Greek declaration instituting the Strategic Partnership for the Future adopted during President Hollande's official visit to Greece last October 22-23. The main goals of this partnership are to energize French investors in Greece, to strengthen cooperation between our businesses in third countries, and to expand exchanges – particularly for small and medium-size companies – in such key sectors as infrastructures, tourism, energy, new technologies, the digital economy, and agriculture.

France is Greece's eighth-largest supplier and third-largest client.



Yemen – Attack in Aden (February 17, 2016)

France condemns yesterday's attack in Aden, which left 14 dead.

We offer our condolences to the victims' families.

We reiterate our support for Yemen's legitimate authorities and for the Yemeni people in their fight against terrorism, particularly against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Daesh.

France reaffirms its support for the efforts of UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad, and calls on all the parties to work constructively to achieve a lasting political solution.



Egypt – Death of Mohamed Hassanein Heikal (February 17, 2016)

France salutes the memory of Egyptian journalist and writer Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, who passed away on February 17.

It joins the Egyptian people in paying tribute to a major figure in Egyptian and Arabic journalism.

We offer our condolences to his family and loved ones.



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