The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - July 21, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Culture / Cinema – Closing ceremony of the 27th edition of Marseille's International Film Festival (July 19, 2016)

◢  Turkey

◢  Syria

◢  Libya

 
Culture / Cinema – Closing ceremony of the 27th edition of Marseille's International Film Festival (July 19, 2016)

The closing ceremony of the 27th edition of Marseille's International Film Festival (FIDMarseille) took place on July 19 at the Villa Méditerranée, which is notably supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs.

This festival has proved a success, attracting an ever-widening audience and a growing number of talented directors. The awards ceremony provided an opportunity to recognize films with a global outlook, whether they be French or foreign films.

FIDMarseille is a cultural event with strong roots in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region which enjoys a well-established international reputation. It has been included in the Quai d'Orsay's "Grand Tour" initiative aimed at promoting France's cultural appeal abroad.



Turkey

Do you have any response to the declaration of a state of emergency in Turkey?

The Turkish authorities decided to declare a state of emergency following the coup attempt on July 15, which France condemned.

France, like the EU, believes that the Turkish authorities' action must comply with the rule of law and respect fundamental freedoms.



Syria

The Syrian minister of foreign affairs is accusing France of being behind the air strike on the city of Manbij. Do you confirm this? The Syrian opposition is calling for the suspension of the coalition-led air strikes. What is France's position regarding this?

We do not give any credence to statements made by Bashar al-Assad's regime.

On the sidelines of a meeting of the defense ministers of the coalition in Washington devoted to the fight against Daesh, the United States announced the opening of an investigation. This investigation will determine whether the strikes by the coalition to counter Daesh have resulted in civilian casualties in Manbij.



Libya

Libya's national unity government is accusing France of violating its territory because of the presence of French special forces on its soil, three of whom were killed. The national unity government has indicated that it asked Paris for explanations. Can you confirm that request? What is your response?

Libya's national unity government, which Paris in fact supports, accused France yesterday of violating its territory and says it is unhappy about the presence of French special forces. What is your response?

Supporting the national unity government is a priority for France, which has complete confidence in its ability to bring the country together, strengthen state institutions, and restore security.

France encourages all Libyan forces to place themselves under the authority of that government so that they may participate in the rebuilding of that country and in the fight against terrorism.


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