The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - July 13, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Syria – Bombing of a refugee camp (July 13, 2016)

◢  Mali – Violence in Gao (July 12, 2016)

◢  Economic diplomacy – Creative France campaign (July 14, 2016)

◢  Libya – Installation of the Presidential Council in its official headquarters in Tripoli (July 11, 2016)

◢  Cyprus / Archeology – Discoveries at the Agios Tychonas site

◢  South Africa – Matisse exhibition in Johannesburg (July 13, 2016)

◢  Iran

 
Syria – Bombing of a refugee camp (July 13, 2016)

France condemns the bombing of Hadalat displaced persons camp, which claimed the lives of 12 people and injured many others, primarily women and children. Those who commit serious violations of international law must be held accountable.

We call for the cessation of hostilities, an immediate end to the attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure and continuous and unrestricted access by the civilian populations to the humanitarian assistance they need.

A lasting political solution is more necessary than ever in order to put an end to the conflict.



Mali – Violence in Gao (July 12, 2016)

France deplores the violent incidents that left 12 people dead on July 12 in Gao on the sidelines of a demonstration. It calls on all parties to remain calm and to engage in dialogue.

We encourage the Malian authorities to continue the consultations aimed at ensuring the implementation of the peace agreement signed on June 20, 2015.



Economic diplomacy – Creative France campaign (July 14, 2016)

The first global Creative France campaign was launched in Japan in October 2015 in order to strengthen France's economic appeal and profile around the world.

On the initiative of Business France and in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the events hosted by our embassies all over the world on July 14 this year will provide an opportunity to highlight French creativity in all areas. Researchers, intellectuals, industrialists, and top chefs will present their projects and innovations that contribute to France's vitality and appeal.

The events taking place within the diplomatic and consular network will include especially wide-ranging programs in Germany, China, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Japan, India, the United Kingdom and Singapore.



Libya – Installation of the Presidential Council in its official headquarters in Tripoli (July 11, 2016)

France welcomes the installation of the Presidential Council in its official headquarters in Tripoli on July 11.

This is a further step toward affirming the authority of the Presidential Council and the Government of National Accord, which France supports, with a view toward restoring security, strengthening the state institutions and rebuilding the economy.



Cyprus / Archeology – Discoveries at the Agios Tychonas site

The French-Cypriot archaeological excavations conducted at the Agios Tychonas site near Limassol have led to the discovery of major structures dating from the Neolithic period, which could represent the earliest evidence of human agriculture in the world.

These excavations were conducted in June 2016 by the French Archaeological Mission led by Jean François Briois (EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)) and Jean-Denis Vigne (French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)) and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

France, together with the French School in Athens, the CNRS, and the EHESS, has enjoyed a very active partnership in the archeological field with Cyprus for many years; this partnership is one of the priority areas of our bilateral cooperation.



South Africa – Matisse exhibition in Johannesburg (July 13, 2016)

The first exhibition of the work of painter Henri Matisse on the African continent will open its doors today in Johannesburg.

Thanks to a partnership between Standard Bank South Africa, the country's main commercial bank, the Embassy of France and the Institut français, this exhibition will provide the South African people with the opportunity to experience, free of charge, more than 80 works by the painter from July 13 to September 17. These works come from the Matisse Museum in Le Cateau-Cambresis (department of Nord), the Matisse Museum in Nice, private lenders and the painter's family. This initiative is being supported by major French firms including Air France, Total and Air liquide.

This exceptional exhibition—following the state visit to France by South African President Jacob Zuma—reflects the dynamism of our relationship with South Africa in all areas.



Iran

What is France's position regarding the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI)?

The French government has no contact with the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran.

The fact that this organization is inspired by violence and non-democratic ideology has prompted several human rights organizations to highlight its sectarian practices and its refusal to formally renounce violence.


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