The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - May 9, 2018
In this issue:

◢  European Union – Europe Day (May 9, 2018)

◢  Armenia – Election of a new prime minister (May 8, 2018)

◢  Nicaragua

European Union – Europe Day (May 9, 2018)

Today, May 9, all over Europe we are celebrating our membership in a union in which peace and stability, freedoms and the protection of rights, prosperity and solidarity have co-existed for more than 60 years.

Europe Day commemorates the declaration made by Robert Schuman, Foreign Affairs Minister at the time, on May 9, 1950, in the Salon de l'Horloge at the Quai d'Orsay, which is considered to be the founding text of European integration.

France is committed to refounding Europe and has strong ambitions for the EU: reinvented sovereignty, strengthened unity based on our values, a vibrant democracy.

Europe Day 2018 will also mark the launch of the first pan-European online citizens' consultation, which will complement the physical meetings in the 27 member states. Today at midday, the European Commission will launch a consultation in 24 languages, inviting 450 million Europeans to respond to a questionnaire put together by a citizens' panel, which is accessible in French (http://www.quelleestvotreeurope.).

To mark Europe Day, Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau met with young Europeans this morning to talk about our determination to refound Europe and the citizens' consultations. At 2:30 pm she will take part in a debate at the Senate on the EU in the face of the challenges posed by security, migration and borders. At 5:00 pm, she will moderate a citizens' consultation at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, together with Government Spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux, and deputy, Pacôme Rupin.

Armenia – Election of a new prime minister (May 8, 2018)

France welcomes the dialogue between political forces that allowed the Armenian Parliament to elect a new prime minister on May 8, in respect of the Constitution and the fundamental rights of Armenia's citizens.

It offers him, and the Armenian people, its best wishes for success.

France will continue to provide its support for Armenia.


Minister Sidharta Marin, President Daniel Ortega's special assistant on foreign affairs, was received at his request on May 7 at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

On this occasion, he was reminded that France condemned the violence that had taken place in recent days in Nicaragua. He was also reminded of the need to thoroughly investigate reports of disappearances and poor treatment subsequent to arrests following the demonstrations held in recent weeks. Nicaraguans should have free rein to exercise their right to demonstrate.

France calls on all the parties to swiftly implement the national dialogue with which the Church of Nicaragua has been tasked in order to end the crisis, while maintaining an open dialogue with regional organizations

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