The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - May 7, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Luxembourg – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau (May 7, 2018)

◢  Tunisia – Municipal elections

◢  Afghanistan – Attack on a voter registration center (May 6, 2018)

◢  Lebanon

 
Luxembourg – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau (May 7, 2018)

Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, is visiting Luxembourg today.

A few weeks after the state visit to France by the grand duke from March 19 to 21 and the French-Luxembourg government seminar that took place during the visit, Nathalie Loiseau will inaugurate the new Lycée Français Vauban. Grand Duchess Marie Teresa and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel will also take part in this ceremony.

Together with Luxembourg's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn, Nathalie Loiseau will moderate a citizens' consultation with 300 tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students. She will meet with Jean Asselborn to discuss key current European issues and the development of our bilateral relations, which are excellent.

During the visit, Nathalie Loiseau met this morning with President of the European Investment Bank Werner Hoyer. She will also meet with French EU officials serving in the European institutions in Luxembourg.



Tunisia – Municipal elections

France welcomes the holding of the first free municipal elections in Tunisia, which constitutes a further step toward the establishment of democracy at the local level in this friendly country.

These elections pave the way toward the decentralization provided for in the Tunisian Constitution of 2014.

This crucial step should also make it possible to strengthen cooperation between French and Tunisian local authorities.



Afghanistan – Attack on a voter registration center (May 6, 2018)

France condemns the May 6th attack on a voter registration center in Khost that killed some 15 people and injured many others. This attack comes in the wake of several attacks last week on other voter registration centers.

France offers its condolences to the victims' loved ones. It stands alongside the Afghan people in the fight against terrorism.

The election process must be carried out securely and without intimidation. France reaffirms its support for the initiatives presented by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the last Kabul peace process conference held on February 28.



Lebanon

What's your comment on Hezbollah's strengthened showing in the Lebanese elections?

France congratulates Lebanon on yesterday's legislative elections.

These elections mark an important step in the political and democratic life of the country.


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