The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - March 27, 2018
In this issue:

◢  EU – Presentation of Louise Weiss Prize for European Journalism by Nathalie Loiseau (Paris - March 27, 2018)

◢  New Zealand – Conversation between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and the New Zealand minister for trade and export growth (Paris - March 27, 2018

◢  Tourism – Opening of the "Rendez-vous en France" trade show by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (Paris - March 27, 2018)

◢  UN – 37th session of the Human Rights Council

◢  Comoros – Summoning of the ambassador (Paris - March 26, 2018)

 
EU – Presentation of Louise Weiss Prize for European Journalism by Nathalie Loiseau (Paris - March 27, 2018)

European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau is presenting the Louise Weiss Prize for European Journalism at the Quai d'Orsay on March 27 at 6:30 P.M.

Created in 2005 by the French section of the Association of European Journalists with the active support of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, this prize aims to encourage journalists to provide more in-depth coverage of European issues.

It is awarded in recognition of Louise Weiss (1893-1983), a committed journalist and European, who worked on pioneering projects in support of peace, French-German rapprochement, and European unity.

This year's winners are:

  • In the News Reporting category: Charles Haquet for "Balkans, l'ombre salafiste" (L'Express, May 2017)
  • In the Analysis category: Elisa Perrigueur for her investigative reporting in "Passage des mers" (Mediapart, 2017)
  • In the Young Journalist category: Joël Le Pavous for his report "Komloska, paradis fiscal hongrois" (Sept.info, 2017).

The 2018 Louise Weiss Prize is dedicated to the memory and the work of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, murdered on October 16, 2017, and the Slovak reporter Ján Kuciak, murdered on February 25, 2018.



New Zealand – Conversation between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and the New Zealand minister for trade and export growth (Paris - March 27, 2018

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke by phone this morning with David Parker, New Zealand's minister for trade and export growth.

The main topic of their conversation was the free-trade draft agreement between the EU and New Zealand. Mr. Lemoyne noted that France favored expanding trade with New Zealand and concluding a mutually beneficial agreement that would take into account the concerns of both parties, notably with regard to agriculture as well as the agreement's impact on the economies of our Pacific communities.

He reiterated France's wish that the agreement fully take into account the demands for transparency put forward by public opinion and elected officials, the implementation of the Paris agreement and the social responsibility of companies in accordance with the action plan decided by the government following the adoption of the comprehensive economic and commercial agreement between Canada and the EU.

Mr. Lemoyne and his interlocutor also discussed the status of the multilateral trading system, underscoring the need to preserve it.

France and New Zealand have close, longstanding ties based on shared values forged on the battlefields of the First World War. They maintain a regular dialogue on the international situation. In 2017, France registered a trade surplus with New Zealand on the order of €49 million.



Tourism – Opening of the "Rendez-vous en France" trade show by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (Paris - March 27, 2018)

On March 27, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, opened the Paris trade show "Rendez-vous en France."

An annual event by the operator Atout France, "Rendez-vous en France" brings French tourism professionals together each year as well as hundreds of foreign tour operators. This year's edition includes 947 tour operators from 69 countries and 750 exhibitors from all over France. Nearly 25,000 professional meetings are scheduled.

The year 2017 confirmed the strong upward trend in international travel to France, with a record number of foreign visitors: nearly 89 million. Occupancy at hotels, campgrounds and private dwellings was up 6.8%, with significant changes with regard to nationalities and return visitors, notably from Germany (+9.9%), Spain (+11.3%), Italy (+9.2%), the United States (+16%), China (+19.3%), Japan (+22.1%) and Russia (+32.9%).

To date, airline reservations for 2018 are still on the rise, and are up 10% for the next 6 months.

These positive numbers are the result of combined efforts. The plan to revive tourism adopted in 2016 and implemented throughout 2017 is bearing fruit. To promote tourism, professionals now want to maintain the public-private partnership between the state, local governments and private actors. The government supports this, as the Prime Minister confirmed at the last interministerial tourism council meeting on January 19.



UN – 37th session of the Human Rights Council

France took part in the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, which ended on March 23.

Its work focused in particular on the situation in Syria, with a discussion on the situation in Eastern Ghouta. They were able to renew the mandate of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry to combat impunity.

Together with its EU partners, France also supported a resolution on the troubling human rights situation in Myanmar, especially for members of the Rohingya minority. This resolution asks the secretary general to allocate the necessary resources for a fact-finding mission and to renew the mandate of the special rapporteur, the subject of a vote called for by China.

Several important mandates were renewed (independent experts on the human rights situation in Mali, special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, human rights commission in South Sudan).

A number of texts including French priorities were adopted: the rights of children in humanitarian crises, the prevention of torture, terrorism and human rights, cultural rights and protection of the cultural heritage, human rights in the field of the environment.

France is a candidate for the human rights council for the three-year term of 2021-2023.



Comoros – Summoning of the ambassador (Paris - March 26, 2018)

On March 26, Mohamed Soulaimana, ambassador of the Comoros to France, was summoned to the office of the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. He was reminded of our serious concern regarding the consequences for Mayotte of measures announced last week by the Comorian authorities.

We strongly reiterate our demand for the immediate lifting of these measures which prevent the return of Comorian nationals who entered Mayotte illegally.

In addition to the measures we are asking the Comorian authorities to take immediately, we are determined to move forward with regional cooperation in accordance with the guidelines set at the last interministerial committee for international cooperation and development, in the mutual interest of France and the Comoros.


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