The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - August 22, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Madagascar / Death of two French citizens – Reminder of the statement issued on August 21, 2016

◢  Turkey / Attack in Gaziantep – Reminder of the statement issued on August 21, 2016

◢  Promotion of tourism – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault to the Centre-Val de Loire region (August 23, 2016)

◢  Nigeria / Cameroon – Attacks (August 21-22, 2016)

◢  Somalia – Attacks in Galkayo (August 21, 2016)

◢  Morocco

 
Madagascar / Death of two French citizens – Reminder of the statement issued on August 21, 2016

We were shocked to learn of the despicable crime that killed two French citizens on Sunday, August 21 on the island of Ste. Marie in Madagascar.

France extends its condolences and deepest sympathy to the victims' families, with whom we are in contact.

An investigation is underway in Madagascar.

Our Consulate General in Antananarivo is mobilized and is providing assistance to the families of our compatriots who have died.



Turkey / Attack in Gaziantep – Reminder of the statement issued on August 21, 2016

France condemns the attack carried out yesterday in Gaziantep which killed at least 50 people and injured many others.

We extend our condolences to the victims' families and wish the injured a speedy recovery.

France reaffirms its solidarity and support for the Turkish authorities and people.



Promotion of tourism – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault to the Centre-Val de Loire region (August 23, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit the Centre-Val de Loire region on August 23 to take part in meetings devoted to the promotion of tourism. He will meet with professionals in several iconic French tourist destinations such as Montlouis-sur-Loire, Chaumont-sur-Loire and the Château de Chambord and will provide some initial estimates regarding the 2016 tourist season.

This sector generates between 7 and 8% of our GDP and accounts for 2 million direct and indirect jobs. The government, alongside the local authorities, is committed to promoting and diversifying tourism in France. Mr. Ayrault and his interlocutors will notably discuss how to guarantee security for tourists.

Jean-Marc Ayrault hosted an emergency economic committee meeting on tourism at the Quai d'Orsay with around 50 tourism professionals and will chair the second annual tourism conference in the fall.



Nigeria / Cameroon – Attacks (August 21-22, 2016)

France condemns the attacks carried out by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, on August 20 and 21 near Chibok in Nigeria and Mora in the Far North region of Cameroon, which left more than 15 people dead.

We extend our condolences to their families.

France expresses its wholehearted solidarity with Nigeria and Cameroon and reaffirms its support for all of the states in the region involved in the fight against terrorism.



Somalia – Attacks in Galkayo (August 21, 2016)

France condemns the double attack carried out on August 21 in the town of Galkayo, in the Puntland region of Somalia, which killed a dozen people.

We extend our condolences to the victims' families and express our solidarity with the Somali people.



Morocco

In a speech delivered on August 20, on the anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People, the King of Morocco, in his capacity as Commander of the Faithful, denounced the exploitation of Islam by extremists and fanatics for the purpose of spreading extremist, blasphemous, terrorist ideology. What is France's opinion of the King's call to Muslims, Christians and Jews to close ranks to tackle fanaticism, hatred and reclusiveness, and his call to Moroccans around the world to defend peace, harmony and prosperity in their various countries of residence?

In his speech of August 20, King Mohammed VI sent a message of peace and tolerance. He denounced as "unforgivable madness" the July 26th assassination of Father Hamel, which horrified the entire world. This was particularly important to France.

It applauds Morocco's commitment to opposing fanaticism in all its forms and renews its wish to work together, as part of an exceptional partnership, to prevent and combat radicalism and terrorism.


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