The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 23, 2016
In this issue:

◢  French education abroad – Interministerial meeting on the strategy to develop the network (Paris - November 23, 2016)

◢  Cyprus – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Cypriot parliamentarians (Paris - November 23, 2016)

◢  Haiti – Presidential and parliamentary elections (November 20, 2016)

◢  Cameroon – Terrorist attacks (November 21-22, 2016)

◢  Cambodia / International justice – Rejection of the appeal lodged by two former leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime (November 23, 2016)

◢  Australia – Economic diplomacy

 
French education abroad – Interministerial meeting on the strategy to develop the network (Paris - November 23, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research, will co-chair a meeting on French education abroad on November 23.

This meeting falls within the framework of the joint efforts of the two ministries, their agencies and all of their partners in support of French education abroad.

The ministers will take stock of the measures taken since 2014 and will announce new guidelines aimed at fostering the development of the French education abroad network and strengthening its position in an increasingly competitive environment.



Cyprus – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Cypriot parliamentarians (Paris - November 23, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European affairs, will today receive members of the Cyprus-France Friendship Group of the Cyprus House of Representatives. This delegation is led by Giorgos Lillikas, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign and European Affairs and former Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The discussions will focus on key current European and bilateral issues, notably in the defense, education and economic spheres.

Harlem Désir will reaffirm France's support for the process aimed at reunifying the island.



Haiti – Presidential and parliamentary elections (November 20, 2016)

France welcomes the smooth conduct of voting on November 20 and the efforts of the Haitian authorities to ensure that the entire population, including in the regions affected by Hurricane Matthew, were able to go the polls in a calm and transparent manner.

Pending the publication of the results, France calls on all political actors to comply with electoral law.



Cameroon – Terrorist attacks (November 21-22, 2016)

France condemns the attacks perpetrated in northern Cameroon during the night of November 21 to 22, which killed several people, including Cameroonian soldiers serving with the Multinational Joint Task Force against Boko Haram.

We extend our condolences to the victims' families.

France pays tribute to the commitment of Cameroon and the states in the region involved in the Multinational Joint Task Force established to combat terrorism in the Lake Chad basin. It reaffirms its solidarity with and support for them.



Cambodia / International justice – Rejection of the appeal lodged by two former leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime (November 23, 2016)

The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia rejected, on November 23, the appeal lodged by two former leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan. Their life sentences handed down in the court of first instance for crimes against humanity on August 7, 2014, have therefore been upheld.

France has supported the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia since they were established in 2006. It will continue to support their work which helps to strengthen international justice and consolidate peace and the rule of law in Cambodia.

This work is essential in order to bring justice to the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime.



Australia – Economic diplomacy

France welcomes the decision by the Australian Ministry of Defense to select the Thales Group to update the sonar systems of six submarines.

This announcement confirms the trust placed by the Australian authorities in French companies, which rank among the world leaders in this high-tech sector.

Our strategic partnership with Australia is strengthening all the time. Our excellent bilateral relations were confirmed in recent months by President Hollande's visit in November 2014 and by the Australian prime minister's announcement regarding the decision to choose the French company DCNS to implement the program to build the next generation of submarines, committing our two countries to 50 years of future collaboration.


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