The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - June 9, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Israel / Terrorist attack in Tel Aviv – Reminder of the statement issued by Jean-Marc Ayrault (June 8, 2016)

◢  United Nations / French presidency of the Security Council – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (New York - June 9-10, 2016)

◢  Launch of TiVi5MONDE (June 9, 2016)

◢  Climate / France – Adoption by Parliament of a bill on the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement (June 9, 2016)

◢  Non-proliferation / India

◢  Libya – French contribution to stabilization fund (June 8, 2016)

 
Israel / Terrorist attack in Tel Aviv – Reminder of the statement issued by Jean-Marc Ayrault (June 8, 2016)

I utterly condemn the terrorist attack perpetrated this evening in Tel Aviv.

I extend my wholehearted condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous attack and express my solidarity with the injured and their families.

I reaffirm France's full support for Israel in the fight against terrorism.



United Nations / French presidency of the Security Council – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (New York - June 9-10, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit New York from June 9 to 10 to mark the French presidency of the Security Council.

On June 10, he will chair a ministerial meeting of the Security Council on the protection of civilians in peacekeeping operations, which will notably be attended by the UN secretary-general, the president of the Central African Republic and the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The debate will provide an opportunity to reaffirm France's commitment to international humanitarian law and the essential role of peacekeeping operations—in which we actively participate—in protecting civilians in situations of conflict. Jean-Marc Ayrault will also talk about the ministerial conference that France will host in February 2017 on the protection of children in armed conflict. He will meet with human rights NGOs.

During his visit, Jean-Marc Ayrault will launch, in the United States, the "Creative France" campaign aimed at promoting French know-how and our companies' capacity for innovation. He will meet with French-American children's publishers and will attend a dinner hosted by the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet, which will notably be attended by Stéphane Lissner and Aurélie Dupont. He will meet with American columnists to discuss our foreign policy priorities.

Jean-Marc Ayrault will also meet with representatives of the American Jewish community.



Launch of TiVi5MONDE (June 9, 2016)

André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will attend the launch of TiVi5MONDE, TV5Monde's youth channel, this evening.

TV5Monde is a key player in terms of promoting our diplomacy of influence and French language and culture.

TiVi5MONDE's programming will include a large number of African productions; the channel will help us to reach new audiences.



Climate / France – Adoption by Parliament of a bill on the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement (June 9, 2016)

Following the National Assembly on May 17, the Senate adopted, on June 9, the bill on the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement, approved on December 12, 2015, by 195 countries.

France, which holds the presidency of COP21, will therefore be the second EU country to ratify it. We hope that the EU and all our partners will be able to swiftly follow suit.

The Paris Climate Agreement was signed on April 22 in New York, at the UN headquarters. It will enter into force once 55 countries accounting for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions have ratified it.



Non-proliferation / India

France welcomes India's growing involvement in the fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems.

India subscribed to the Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation on June 1; this was an important step ahead of its imminent entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which France has strongly encouraged.



Libya – French contribution to stabilization fund (June 8, 2016)

On the occasion of the Board of Directors meeting of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on June 8, France announced in Tripoli and New York that it would contribute a million dollars to the Libya stabilization fund.

Launched by the national unity government in cooperation with the UN assistance mission in Libya and the UNDP, it will bring together national contributions and international donors, to allow the national government to begin helping the population immediately.

We are all doing everything we can to help Libya, and call on our partners to contribute to this fund.


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