The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - June 6, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Economic diplomacy / Sustainable cities – Working lunch hosted by Jean-Marc Ayrault (Paris - June 6, 2016)

◢  Sport – Dinner in honor of the "Sport dans la ville" and "Gol de letra" associations (Paris - June 6, 2016)

◢  United Kingdom – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (London - June 7, 2016)

◢  European Union – Visit by Harlem Désir to the European Parliament (Strasbourg - June 6-7, 2016)

◢  Economic diplomacy – Visit by Matthias Fekl to the United States (June 7-10, 2016)

◢  Somalia – Murder of Somali journalist Sagal Salad Osman (June 5, 2016)

◢  Afghanistan – Death of an American journalist and his interpreter (June 5, 2016)

◢  Jordan – Terrorist attack (June 6, 2016)

◢  Niger – Attack on the town of Bosso (June 3, 2016)

◢  Venezuela – UNASUR mediation

◢  Algeria – Traffic accident (June 4, 2016)

 
Economic diplomacy / Sustainable cities – Working lunch hosted by Jean-Marc Ayrault (Paris - June 6, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today receive entrepreneurs specializing in the field of sustainable cities, representing SMEs as well as major groups. This field is of major importance to numerous sectors including urban planning, architecture, engineering, construction, energy efficiency, the environmental sector, urban services, mobility, and digital technology.

The "enhancing urban living" priority export sector accounted for French exports worth more than €12 billion in 2015 and resulted in a trade surplus of €2.2 billion, with successful results in China, India and Mexico in particular.

French firms of all sizes offer an extensive range and excellent standard of goods and services. This is especially the case with respect to the water and sanitation, waste, construction, transport and energy sectors. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is committed to raising the profile of French expertise, notably by supporting the "Vivapolis" network led by the new export coordinator in this field, Gérard Wolf.



Sport – Dinner in honor of the "Sport dans la ville" and "Gol de letra" associations (Paris - June 6, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will this evening receive at the Quai d'Orsay the "Sport dans la ville" and "Gol de letra" associations, which work to promote the social and professional integration of young people through sport.

A few days ahead of Euro 2016 and in the run-up to the opening of the Olympic Games in Rio, this meeting will reflect the friendship between France and Brazil and will bring together numerous entrepreneurs and top athletes, including soccer player Rai, president of "Gol de letra." It will provide an opportunity to underscore the role of sport in promoting the social and professional integration of young people as well as boosting France's attractiveness.



United Kingdom – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (London - June 7, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit London on June 8 for a working meeting with his British counterpart, Philip Hammond.

The meeting will focus on key current international and European issues.



European Union – Visit by Harlem Désir to the European Parliament (Strasbourg - June 6-7, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit Strasbourg today and tomorrow. He will be accompanied by a delegation of French parliamentarians who are members of the European Affairs Committees of the French National Assembly and the Senate and their respective chairpersons, Danielle Auroi and Jean Bizet.

They will discuss three key issues at the European Parliament: economic convergence, the Energy Union and the digital single market. Valdis Dombrovskis and Andrus Ansip, Vice-Presidents of the European Commission, will also take part in these discussions.

During this visit, Harlem Désir will meet with Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg, with whom he will discuss the critical role played by Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament.



Economic diplomacy – Visit by Matthias Fekl to the United States (June 7-10, 2016)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will visit San Francisco and Washington from June 7 to 10.

In San Francisco on June 7, he will take part in the BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) International Convention, which attracts more than 2,000 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors every year. France will have a strong presence at the convention, with more than a hundred or so French firms, including a large number of SMEs, mid-cap companies and start-ups. French biotechnology firms will present their innovations in three major areas to Matthias Fekl during his visit: health, the agri-food sector and the environment.

In Napa Valley on June 8, Matthias Fekl will meet with wine producers to discuss the issue of geographical indications and exports in the agri-food sector. He will then deliver a speech at the University of California, Berkeley, on the future of world trade.

Lastly, in Washington, Matthias Fekl will meet with Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative, to discuss trade negotiations, including on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. He will also meet with Penny Pritzker, United States Secretary of Commerce, as well as members of Congress and representatives of NGOs, unions and think tanks.



Somalia – Murder of Somali journalist Sagal Salad Osman (June 5, 2016)

France condemns the murder, on June 5 in Mogadishu, of Sagal Salad Osman, a Somali journalist, presenter, and producer for Radio Mogadishu.

We offer her family our condolences. This heinous crime must be fully investigated and those responsible must be brought to justice.

France reiterates its commitment to the freedom of expression and the press throughout the world.



Afghanistan – Death of an American journalist and his interpreter (June 5, 2016)

We learned of the death of American journalist David Gilkey and his Afghan interpreter, Zabihullah Tamanna, in Helmand province on June 5, during an attack on an Afghan army convey with which they were traveling.

France offers its condolences to the families of the victims of this attack. An expert on Afghanistan, which he had visited since 2001, David Gilkey was known for his talent and courage.

France stands with Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism.



Jordan – Terrorist attack (June 6, 2016)

France condemns the attack of a Jordanian intelligence agency office this morning in the refugee camp of Baqa'a, northwest of Amman, that left five dead.

We offer our condolences to the families of the victims.

France stands with the Jordanian people and government in the fight against terrorism.



Niger – Attack on the town of Bosso (June 3, 2016)

France condemns the attack on the town of Bosso by Boko Haram on June 3 that killed 32 soldiers from Niger and Nigeria.

We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and to the authorities of Niger and Nigeria, and applaud their commitment to fighting terrorism.

France reaffirms its solidarity with the people of Bosso and the countries of the region. It will continue to support their efforts to foster security and economic development in the Lake Chad basin.



Venezuela – UNASUR mediation

The situation in Venezuela is troubling.

Working with its European partners, France supports the mediation effort by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) led by former Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, former Dominican President Leonel Fernandez, and former Panamanian President Martin Torrijos.

We hope that their efforts will enable the Venezuelan Parliament and Government to renew their dialogue to find a solution to the crisis, ease the political climate, and bring about a true national reconciliation that respects human rights and fundamental liberties.



Algeria – Traffic accident (June 4, 2016)

We were saddened to learn of a traffic accident on June 4 that took the lives of more than 30 people near Aflou, 400 kilometers south of Algiers.

France offers its condolences to the families of the victims and to the authorities and people of Algeria.


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