The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - March 24, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Georgia – Meeting between Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs and Georgia’s State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration (March 24, 2016)

◢  Egypt / Human rights – Release of Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein (March 23, 2016)

◢  Democratic Republic of Congo – Incident involving Le Monde and AFP journalists (March 23, 2016)

◢  Health – World Tuberculosis Day (March 24, 2016)

 
Georgia – Meeting between Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs and Georgia’s State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration (March 24, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today receive Davit Bakradzé, State Minister for European and Euro Atlantic Integration.

They will discuss the current status of and outlook for relations between the EU and Georgia within the framework of the Association Agreement, which has just been ratified by the member states.



Egypt / Human rights – Release of Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein (March 23, 2016)

France welcomes the release of Egyptian student Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein after 760 in detention without trial. We hope that this decision will be final and hope that other prisoners held on similar charges will be released.

As the judicial hearings of several human rights activists are just getting underway, France calls for respect for civil society actors who have a key role to play in establishing democracy and the rule of law.



Democratic Republic of Congo – Incident involving Le Monde and AFP journalists (March 23, 2016)

We were informed on March 23 of the situation of journalists from Le Monde and AFP who had been attacked and whose equipment and passports had been seized.

Our ambassador immediately intervened with the authorities to ensure that their effects would be promptly returned to them, which will be the case very soon, and that full light would be shed on this incident.

France reaffirms its attachment to the freedom of expression and to the freedom of the press everywhere in the world.



Health – World Tuberculosis Day (March 24, 2016)

On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, France reaffirms its commitment to combating a disease that affects 9.6 million new patients every year and kills 1.5 million people. As President Hollande reiterated on March 23 alongside his South African counterpart, the fight against tuberculosis is a social justice issue as well as an international health security challenge.

Tuberculosis mortality has halved since 1990, but it is prevalent in more than 100 countries. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease and a disease of poverty; it has taken on a new dimension thanks to urbanization and the increased mobility of populations which are conducive to the spread of the disease.

France is involved. We are the second largest international contributor to the fight against tuberculosis through our support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has allocated more than $4.7 billion to this fight since 2002, as well as to UNITAID, which allocates more than 20% of its resources to the fight. Expertise France, the French Development Agency, the pharmaceutical industry, civil society and the research community play an active role in promoting innovation and research in the field of combating tuberculosis and also lend their support to strengthening the health systems of the countries that are most affected.



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