The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - June 7, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Turkey / Attack in Istanbul – Statement issued by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

◢  Syria – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and representatives of the Local Council of Aleppo City (Paris - June 6, 2016)

◢  China – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's chief executive (Paris - June 8, 2016)

◢  Haiti – Electoral calendar

◢  Cultural diplomacy / United States – Launch of the 2016 Films on the Green festival (June 7, 2016)

 
Turkey / Attack in Istanbul – Statement issued by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

I utterly condemn the attack perpetrated this morning in the Beyazit neighborhood of Istanbul as a police vehicle passed by, which left many people dead.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to their families and assure Turkey of France's solidarity in the fight against terrorism.

Our nationals in Turkey have been urged to exercise caution. Our Consulate General in Istanbul is in constant contact with the Turkish authorities and our compatriots in the area.



Syria – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and representatives of the Local Council of Aleppo City (Paris - June 6, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, received a delegation of the Local Council of Aleppo City on June 6.

He reaffirmed that France supports the civilian opposition, which, despite the regime's bombing, has been governing the liberated areas with courage and dignity for up to four years in some cases.

Jean-Marc Ayrault expressed France's concern at the violations of the cessation of hostilities by the regime and its supporters, as well as at the persistent obstacles to humanitarian access.



China – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's chief executive (Paris - June 8, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's chief executive, for a working lunch on June 8.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss all aspects of the relationship between France and Hong Kong, notably in the areas of investment, innovation and academic cooperation.

Hong Kong is home to the largest French community in Asia, with approximately 20,000 nationals.



Haiti – Electoral calendar

France takes note of the presentation of the electoral calendar by the Provisional Electoral Council.

In the face of troubling and mounting delays, we call on all actors, especially the Provisional Electoral Council and the executive branch, to comply with this timetable and to work in good faith in order to ensure that the holding of transparent and impartial elections will guarantee the freedom of expression of the citizens and that candidates are placed on an equal footing.

Only the institutions resulting from democratic elections will be able to address the economic and social challenges facing the country



Cultural diplomacy / United States – Launch of the 2016 Films on the Green festival (June 7, 2016)

The Embassy of France in the United States, the FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) Foundation and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation will launch the 9th edition of the Films on the Green festival on June 7. Ten French films will therefore be presented free of charge on outdoor screens in New York parks. The 2016 festival, which will have the theme "A Summer in Paris," will offer a striking portrait of the French capital, its urban landscape and its cultural diversity through a selection of classic, New Wave, and contemporary French films.

This festival is part of Tandem Paris-New York, a cultural exchange program running from June to October that highlights such disciplines as music, dance, film, literature, theater, and the visual arts, along with food and cultural innovation. Tandem Paris-New York is supported by the Institut Français and the two municipalities, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States and the American Embassy in France.

The festival begins on June 7 with a screening in Central Park of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg—a perfect bridge between Paris and New York. It will be followed by Yves Robert's The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (June 10), Luc Besson's Subway (June 24), François Truffaut's The 400 Blows (July 1) and Agnès Varda's Cléo from 5 to 7 (July 22).

For more information, visit: http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/festivals/films-green-2016.


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