The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - April 11, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Algeria – Plane crash (April 11, 2018)

◢  Central African Republic – Attacks on MINUSCA (April 11, 2018)

◢  Romania – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (April 11-12, 2018)

◢  Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne to Comoros

Algeria – Plane crash (April 11, 2018)

Following the crash of an Algerian military transport plane near the air base of Boufarik, France offers its deepest condolences to the victims' families and to the Algerian authorities.

It assures them of its solidarity and sympathy.

Central African Republic – Attacks on MINUSCA (April 11, 2018)

France is concerned by the upsurge of violence in Bangui.

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the attacks and violence perpetrated against MINUSCA and Central African security forces jointly engaged since April 8 in an operation to disarm and arrest criminal gangs in Bangui's 3rd arrondissement.

France offers its condolences to the Rwandan authorities and to the family of the slain Rwandan soldier and wishes those injured a speedy recovery. It deplores the fact that this violence resulted in civilian casualties.

France reiterates its full support for action conducted by MINUSCA, which is paying a heavy toll to accomplish its mission. It reiterates that attacks on UN peacekeepers may be a war crime and calls for those responsible to be brought to justice.

France urges calm and reiterates its demand that all armed groups in Bangui and the rest of the country end all forms of violence and destabilizing activities, lay down their arms, and engage promptly and unconditionally in the peace process.

France reiterates its support for the efforts of the Central African authorities, the African Union, and the neighboring countries and regional organizations within the framework of the joint road map for peace and reconciliation in the CAR adopted on July 17 in Libreville.

Romania – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (April 11-12, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is conducting a working visit to Bucharest from April 11 to 12. He will meet with President Klaus Iohannis, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, as well as the presidents of the two chambers of the Romanian Parliament.

The discussions will focus on strengthening our bilateral relations, marked, on the cultural front, by the upcoming 2019 France-Romania Season and, on the economic front, by a sharp increase in our trade which is expected to be confirmed (€7.8 billion in 2017), on current European issues in the run-up to the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019, as well as on the main international issues.

During his visit, Jean-Yves Le Drian will also meet with Laura Kovesi, Chief Prosecutor of Romania's National Anticorruption Directorate.

Lastly, he will bestow the insignia of Officer of the Legion of Honor upon Dacian Ciolos, former prime minister and former European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne to Comoros

Minister of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne is visiting Moroni today, where he will meet with Azali Assoumani, President of the Union of Comoros, and Mohamed El-Amine Souef, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Francophonie, in charge of Comorians abroad.

This visit is part of the firm yet trusting and constructive dialogue that we maintain with the Comorian authorities. Our objective is to overcome the current tensions and to create a new momentum aimed at ensuring the safety and well-being of our respective populations.

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