The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - September 1, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Gabon – Reminder of the statement issued by Jean-Marc Ayrault (September 1, 2016)

◢  Gabon – Opening of a crisis unit

◢  Israel / Palestinian Territories – Construction of new homes in the settlements (August 31, 2016)

◢  Lebanon – Attack in the Ksara-Zahle region (August 31, 2016)

◢  Ambassadors' Week – Gourmet cooking and training in tourism-related professions (September 1, 2016)

 
Gabon – Reminder of the statement issued by Jean-Marc Ayrault (September 1, 2016)

I am deeply concerned about last night's events in Libreville. There is no place for violence in an election process.

I therefore call on all parties to exercise the utmost restraint in order to prevent further casualties. The confrontations must cease as swiftly as possible and people's safety must be ensured. This is in the best interests of Gabon and all Gabonese people.

Again, any disputes concerning the results of the presidential election should be resolved through the judicial channels, within the framework of a transparent and impartial process. This is the way to conclusively establish the fairness of the election.



Gabon – Opening of a crisis unit

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, decided this morning to open a crisis unit in order to respond to the concerns of French nationals, whether they are local residents or travelling in the country. The crisis unit can be reached by calling: 01 43 17 55 95.

We are asking our compatriots to delay any plans to travel to Gabon and are asking those in the country to comply with the security guidelines and to stay at home.

We are launching an appeal to encourage our compatriots to register on the Ariane website if they are traveling in the country or to register on the list of French nationals abroad at our consular offices.



Israel / Palestinian Territories – Construction of new homes in the settlements (August 31, 2016)

France condemns the approval of plans to build several hundred homes in settlements in the West Bank, as well as the retroactive legalization of almost 200 homes in the West Bank, which had, until now, been considered illegal under Israeli law.

These decisions bring the number of homes included in settlement plans to more than 2,500 since the start of the year and are extremely troubling.

Settlement activity is illegal under international law and undermines the two-state solution.



Lebanon – Attack in the Ksara-Zahle region (August 31, 2016)

France condemns the attack perpetrated on August 31 in the Ksara-Zahle region in the Bekaa Valley, which killed one person and injured several others.

We extend our condolences to the victim's family and express our solidarity with the injured.

France reaffirms its support for Lebanon's stability and security, and stands alongside it in the fight against terrorism. It will continue to play its full role in the support that the international community is lending the country.



Ambassadors' Week – Gourmet cooking and training in tourism-related professions (September 1, 2016)

Today Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault will visit Paris's Cordon Bleu in the company of its president, André Cointreau. While there, he will speak with some of the school's students.

This event reflects the priority we ascribe to providing better training in tourism-related professions. Gourmet cooking in particular offers an image of excellence and helps strengthen France's appeal to tourists. That is why the Ministry has expanded its special relationship with the country's most important training institutes.


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