The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - October 12, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Syria – Bombing of a school in Daraa (October 10, 2016)

◢  Haiti / French humanitarian assistance – Update

◢  United States – 7th edition of the France-Atlanta festival (October 12 to 21, 2016)

Syria – Bombing of a school in Daraa (October 10, 2016)

France condemns the bombing which killed 5 people, including children, in a school in Daraa on October 10.

It reaffirms the obligation of all fighters to comply with international humanitarian law and to spare civilians.

Haiti / French humanitarian assistance – Update

Following Hurricane Matthew and at the request of the Haitian authorities, France immediately mobilized its efforts. French humanitarian assistance, provided by the government and NGOs, and coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development's crisis and support center, is arriving in Haiti and is starting to be deployed to the most affected regions.

French official development assistance (Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health and the Interior) accounts for half of the assistance provided by EU countries. It includes several dozen tons of emergency supplies, medicines and water sanitation equipment, transported by personnel capable of operating the equipment. This assistance amounts to €814,000. In addition, €150,000 in food assistance will be provided on top of the €500,000 in French food assistance already being provided to the Haitian population for 2016. The resources allocated by France already amount to more than €1 million.

This mobilization, which will be supplemented by contributions from five NGOS transported in a plane chartered by our crisis and support center as well as those of the partner foundations involved in our humanitarian action, constitutes an initial response to the requests made by the Haitian authorities.

United States – 7th edition of the France-Atlanta festival (October 12 to 21, 2016)

The 7th edition of the France-Atlanta festival will take place from October 12 to 21, 2016, on the initiative of the Consulate General of France in Atlanta and in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology and 40 local and international actors.

"France-Atlanta" was created in 2010 and brings together more than 3,500 people every year to take part in multidisciplinary events devoted to promoting innovation and to cooperation between France and the southeastern United States.

This year, current issues, such as cybersecurity, climate and humanitarian crises will be discussed. A special event entitled "Cartooning For Peace: The Art of Democracy" devoted to the freedom of expression, will feature, in partnership with the Atlanta Press Club and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the cartoonist Plantu and two members of his "Cartooning For Peace" network.

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