The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - June 14, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Philippines / Execution of a Canadian hostage – Statement issued by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (June 14, 2016)

◢  Weimar Triangle – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and German and Polish parliamentarians (Paris - June 14, 2016)

◢  Economic diplomacy – Appointment by Matthias Fekl of Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée as export coordinator for "French-style tourism" (June 14, 2016)

◢  Bahrain / Human rights – Arrest of Nabeel Rajab (June 13, 2016)

◢  Economic diplomacy – Winners of the NETVA program (June 13, 2016)

 
Philippines / Execution of a Canadian hostage – Statement issued by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (June 14, 2016)

On behalf of France, I condemn the cowardly murder of Robert Hall by a terrorist group in the southern Philippines.

I extend my wholehearted condolences to his family. At this difficult time, we stand alongside the Canadian authorities and people.

France reaffirms its solidarity with Canada and the Philippines in the fight against terrorism.



Weimar Triangle – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and German and Polish parliamentarians (Paris - June 14, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive a delegation of parliamentarians from the Weimar Triangle countries (Germany, France and Poland) on June 14 at the Quai d'Orsay.

Following his visit to Warsaw and Gdansk and on the eve of his visit to Germany, he will meet with them to take stock of current European issues and the role that the Weimar Triangle can play.

Almost 50 parliamentarians from the Weimar Triangle countries will take part in a work session at the National Assembly from June 14 to 16.



Economic diplomacy – Appointment by Matthias Fekl of Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée as export coordinator for "French-style tourism" (June 14, 2016)

Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, co-founder and CEO of the cruise-ship operator Ponant, has been appointed by Matthias Fekl as coordinator for "French-style tourism," a priority export sector.

Jean-Emmanuel Sauvées experience is universally recognized. He is tasked with strengthening the visibility of French tourism firms, notably in countries with major plans to develop this sector.

He will continue the work initiated in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Over the past year, this work has involved more than 300 SMEs and mid-cap companies from the hospitality, transport and service sectors. Around 40 firms regularly took part in ministerial visits, with initial positive results (establishment of cooperative initiatives, signing of contracts, etc.)



Bahrain / Human rights – Arrest of Nabeel Rajab (June 13, 2016)

France is concerned at the arrest of human rights activist Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain.

We are attached to respect for the freedom of opinion and the freedom of expression everywhere.



Economic diplomacy – Winners of the NETVA program (June 13, 2016)

The Consulate General of France in Boston announced the names of the 23 winning companies of the 2016 New Technology Venture Accelerator (NETVA) competition yesterday: http://www.france-science.org/-New-Technology-Venture-Accelerator-.html

The NETVA program was launched in 2010 and helps young French innovative companies to establish themselves in the United States—and in Canada since 2015—, by training them on the specific characteristics of these markets and helping them to meet with potential partners. More than 60 firms have benefited from the program. As such, the winning companies of the 2016 edition will receive training in Paris on June 21, 22 and 23, in partnership with Bpifrance, and will then take part in a one-week immersion trip to North America (Boston, San Francisco, Washington and Toronto) in October.

Technological innovation and support for the international expansion of our start-ups are a major priority of our economic diplomacy. These efforts were commended in the most recent Capgemini and Altimeter report published on May 26, 2016, which ranks Paris as the 3rd most popular destination in the world for innovation centers.


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