The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - May 2, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Spain – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau (Madrid - May 2-3, 2018)

◢  Senegal – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Mame Mbaye Niang, Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Senegal (Paris - May 2, 2018)

◢  Central African Republic – Violence in Bangui (May 1, 2018)

◢  Nigeria – Terrorist attacks (May 1, 2018)

Spain – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau (Madrid - May 2-3, 2018)

Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, is visiting Madrid from May 2 to 3. This visit is taking place within the framework of our exceptionally strong bilateral relations with Spain, which contribute to building an ever closer Europe.

Nathalie Loiseau will take part, on May 3 at the Complutense University of Madrid Department of Law, in a citizens' consultation in the presence of her counterpart, Jorge Toledo.

She will take part, together with Jorge Toledo, in a working meeting, which will focus, among other things, on the initiatives aimed at strengthening European integration, to which our two countries are committed.

During her visit, Nathalie Loiseau will visit the European Union Satellite Center in Torrejon. The work of this European agency responsible for the analysis of satellite images contributes to strengthening Europe's strategic autonomy. France and Spain are committed to European defense, notably through our efforts to promote peace and stability on the African continent.

Senegal – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Mame Mbaye Niang, Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Senegal (Paris - May 2, 2018)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, received Mame Mbaye Niang, Senegal's Minister of Tourism, on May 2.

This meeting provided an opportunity to review progress on the implementation of the joint roadmap, "Supporting Senegal's emergence," adopted during the France-Senegal intergovernmental seminar in October 2017. This roadmap identified tourism as one of the five priority areas for cooperation in the economic sector. It focuses particular attention on the development of the tourism industry and on sustainable tourism, as well as on training in the field of tourism.

With more than a million visitors a year, 43% of whom are French, tourism in Senegal contributes to almost 100,000 direct jobs and to 6% of Senegal's GDP. A large number of French groups (Club Med, AccorHotels, Keran, Horwarth HTL) are active in Senegal.

Central African Republic – Violence in Bangui (May 1, 2018)

France condemns the attacks carried out on May 1 in Bangui against civilian populations and Christian and Muslim religious buildings.

We offer our sincere condolences to the victims' families. Those responsible for these criminal acts must be brought to justice.

France reiterates its support for the Central African authorities and MINUSCA in their efforts to restore security and State authority throughout the country. We condemn all actions aimed at hindering these efforts and exploiting religion for criminal purposes.

France reiterates its demand that all armed groups in Bangui and in the rest of the country end all forms of violence and destabilizing activities, lay down their weapons, and join the peace process immediately and unconditionally.

This violence confirms the need to move forward swiftly with the implementation of the joint roadmap for peace and reconciliation adopted on July 17, 2017, in Libreville to effectively disarm armed groups. France reaffirms its support for the efforts made in this area by the Central African authorities, the African Union, and the countries and organizations of the region.

Nigeria – Terrorist attacks (May 1, 2018)

France condemns the attacks carried out on May 1 against a mosque and a market in the town of Mubi, in Adamawa State, Nigeria, that left several dozen dead.

We offer our sincere condolences to the victims' families and wish the injured a speedy recovery.

Boko Haram remains one of the world's deadliest terrorist groups: it killed more than 1,500 people in 2017 and caused the displacement of 2.4 million people in Nigeria and 200,000 in neighboring countries. Nearly 9.2 million people still need vital assistance in the four countries affected by this crisis. Since late 2014, the Multinational Joint Task Force established by Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad has been making all efforts to reduce the threat posed by Boko Haram.

France takes this opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to the fight against terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin alongside the security forces of the countries of the region and this regional force.

We are pursuing our effort in terms of humanitarian aid and stabilization, which rose to €16.4 million in 2017, to assist the populations subjected to the atrocities of Boko Haram.

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