The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - March 19, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Germany – Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and her German counterpart, Michael Roth (Paris - March 19, 2018)

◢  Francophonie / International Francophonie Day (March 20) – French Language and Francophonie Week (March 17-25, 2018)

◢  Israel/Palestinian territories – Attacks on the West Bank and in Jerusalem (March 16-18, 2018)

◢  Environment – France's participation in the World Water Forum (Brasilia - March 18-23, 2018)

 
Germany – Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and her German counterpart, Michael Roth (Paris - March 19, 2018)

Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs received her German counterpart, Michael Roth, this morning, a few days after the meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Heiko Maas, Germany's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Roth's visit, immediately after Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Paris on March 16, and ahead of the European Council on March 22 and 23, reflects our determination to further strengthen the French-German partnership and re-found the EU.

Ms. Loiseau and Mr. Roth discussed the major topics of the forthcoming European Council and the Euro Summit on March 23. They also took stock of the efforts under way to draft a new Elysée Treaty, as announced by President Macron and the German chancellor on January 21, 2018.

They worked on how the citizen consultations on Europe, which will be conducted in almost all member states from April, will be organized in France and Germany in order to give a voice to European citizens and invite them to share their hopes and expectations with respect to European integration.



Francophonie / International Francophonie Day (March 20) – French Language and Francophonie Week (March 17-25, 2018)

International Francophonie Day on March 20 and the 23rd edition of French Language and Francophonie Week from March 17 to 25, will, like every year, provide an opportunity for French speakers around the world to celebrate the French language in all its diversity. More than 1,500 events will take place during the week, involving 70 countries.

The theme of International Francophonie Day this year will be "The French language, connecting for action."

French Language and Francophonie Week, coordinated by the Ministry of Culture, will highlight the role and use of the spoken word in society. 500 bookstores, dozens of associations, libraries, schools, universities, museums, theaters as well as hospitals will host events. Our Cooperation and Cultural Action Network, in close coordination with the Ministry for National Education, the Instituts français, the Alliances françaises, French-language schools, and all French culture and education stakeholders will host events abroad during French Language and Francophonie Week.

President Macron has made the promotion of the French language and culture a priority. The plan to promote the French language and multilingualism will be announced on March 20; the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs played an active role in drafting this plan, in close coordination with the Institut français and in collaboration with many stakeholders, including the International Organization of La Francophonie and all states and governments in the French-speaking world.

French, the second-most-studied language in the world, with some 125 million students and 900,000 teachers of French abroad, is the second-most-important language of international news, the third-most-important in the business world, and the fourth-most-important on the Internet. It is a working language of major importance in all international organizations. Shared by 274 million people worldwide, the fifth-most-spoken language on the planet, French is along with English the only language spoken on all five continents.

For more information, visit http://www.20mars.francophonie.org
https://semainelanguefrancaise.culturecommunication.gouv.fr.



Israel/Palestinian territories – Attacks on the West Bank and in Jerusalem (March 16-18, 2018)

France strongly condemns last Friday's attack near the settlement of Mevo Dotan and last Sunday's attack in the Old City of Jerusalem.

It offers its condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those injured a swift recovery.



Environment – France's participation in the World Water Forum (Brasilia - March 18-23, 2018)

The eighth World Water Forum is meeting in Brasilia from March 18 to 23. It brings together actors working in the field of water on a global scale to promote a lasting political commitment to this resource stressed by growing need, pollution, and climate change.

The French delegation, working within the French Water Partnership, is being led by French Ambassador for the Environment Xavier Sticker.

At a time when two billion people lack safe, affordable access to drinking water and sanitation, France calls for a resolute commitment to be determined during the revision of the sustainable development goal relating to water and sanitation at the next high-level political forum on sustainable development in New York from July 9 to 18. France will argue for the establishment of specific action-levers such as the operational follow-up of progress toward established ambitions, the concerted management of water resources shared by several states as a tool for conflict prevention, and nature-based solutions.

During the forum, France will highlight the initiatives that it promotes on the international scene, such as the United Nations Global Compact and the CREWS initiative aimed at giving the people of developing countries access to early warning systems via hydro-meteorological services in the event of climate-related risks of extreme events.

For more information, go to https://www.partenariat-francais-eau.fr/en-direct-du-8eme-forum-mondial-de-leau-de-brasilia.


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