The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - March 2, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Burkina Faso – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (March 2, 2018)

◢  Madagascar – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Madagascan counterpart (March 2, 2018)

◢  European Union – Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and Corina Cretu (Paris - March 2, 2018)

 
Burkina Faso – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (March 2, 2018)

Several sites in Ouagadougou, including the French Embassy, have been targeted by attacks this morning. The Burkina Faso security forces are mobilized to combat the assailants, with the support of the forces responsible for ensuring the security of our embassy, in order to reduce the threat.

I want to assure all government personnel on site of my support. An interministerial crisis unit was immediately set up at the Quai d'Orsay. I have asked to be kept informed of developments in the situation in real time.

Safety instructions are being provided on an ongoing basis to the French nationals present in the area. Their safety is my priority.



Madagascar – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Madagascan counterpart (March 2, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs will receive Henry Rabary-Njaka, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Madagascar.

In follow up to the meeting between President Emmanuel Macron and President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on June 28, the ministers will take stock of the joint commitments to strengthen our partnership, both with respect to support for Madagascar's economic recovery as well as in the area of climate and renewable energy. The French-Madagascan conference on decentralized cooperation due to take place in a few days in Antananarivo (March 5-7) and the upcoming visit to Madagascar by Minister of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne reflect the quality and strength of relations between our two countries.

In addition, France is lending its support, in collaboration with its main international partners, including the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), for the holding of free, transparent and inclusive elections in Madagascar by the end of the year (presidential elections) and at the start of 2019 (parliamentary elections).

The security situation in Madagascar, notably in relation to French nationals, will be discussed during the meeting.



European Union – Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and Corina Cretu (Paris - March 2, 2018)

Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, will meet with Corina Cretu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, today in Paris.

She will discuss with the commissioner the EU's cohesion policy within the framework of the next Multiannual Financial Framework for the post-2020 period, regarding which the Commission's proposal is expected to be presented in May 2018.

The minister will reaffirm France's attachment to this historic policy, which provides a positive link between the EU and European citizens. She will underscore that this policy must be simplified and made more coherent, which notably requires making its resources conditional on greater fiscal and social convergence as well respect for the rule of law.


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