The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 9, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Tunisia – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed (Paris - November 9, 2016)

◢  Economic diplomacy – Participation of Jean-Marc Ayrault in the Research & Innovation Forum (Paris - November 9, 2016)

◢  South Africa / Economic diplomacy – Visit by Matthias Fekl (November 9, 2016)

◢  Democratic Republic of Congo – Attack on MONUSCO (November 8, 2016)

◢  United States

 
Tunisia – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed (Paris - November 9, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault is meeting today with Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed during his visit to France on November 9 and 10. During that visit, he will be received by the President, the Prime Minister, and the presidents of the Senate and National Assembly.

Ahead of Tunisia 2020, the conference in support of the Tunisian economy co-sponsored by France, and which will be held on November 29 and 30, this visit by the Tunisian Prime Minister will focus largely on economic issues.

Counterterrorism and regional issues will also be discussed.



Economic diplomacy – Participation of Jean-Marc Ayrault in the Research & Innovation Forum (Paris - November 9, 2016)

Today the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development is opening the Tenth Research & Innovation Forum hosted by Paris Ile-de-France Capitale Economique and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Ile-de-France region.

This year's forum is focusing on "intelligent industry," which promotes the use of digital technology in the economic production process. A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers will be published on this occasion ranking Paris in second place worldwide among metropolitan areas with the potential for developing intelligent industry.



South Africa / Economic diplomacy – Visit by Matthias Fekl (November 9, 2016)

Matthias Fekl, minister of state for foreign trade, the promotion of tourism, and French nationals abroad, is arriving in South Africa on November 9.

In Johannesburg, he will open a series of business meetings relating to Southern Africa that—from November 9 to 11—will bring together all the actors who play a role in our economic diplomacy in the region. More than 200 attendees are expected, including representatives of major French business groups and many SMEs. He will also meet with Southern Africa's French business community.

Southern Africa is France's leading commercial partner in Africa. More than 300 French companies are located there.



Democratic Republic of Congo – Attack on MONUSCO (November 8, 2016)

France condemns the attack carried out on November 8 in Kishero, near Goma, on Indian MONUSCO peacekeepers. This attack killed one young Congolese woman and injured many soldiers and civilians.

We offer our condolences to the victim's family and call on the Congolese authorities to do everything in their power to swiftly identify and punish those responsible.

France reiterates its full support for MONUSCO and its contingents, and applauds its efforts to protect civilians and contribute to peace and stability in the DRC.



United States

This morning on France 2 TV, Jean-Marc Ayrault expressed concerns about the new U.S. Administration's international policies, especially with regard to the Paris Climate Agreement, the nuclear agreement with Iran, NATO financing, etc.

Is it conceivable that the United States would renounce such important agreements (in the context of international law/ratification, etc.), and if so, what would the procedure be? Would it have to go through the Security Council, for example, even if in other cases Washington ignored it?

As the minister remarked this morning, "France is a U.S. ally (...), we need to work together for a peaceful world." "Uncertainties exist, but we must strive to resolve them, that is the whole point of French diplomacy".


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