The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - June 4, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Mali (June 4, 2018)

◢  Burkina Faso – Abolition of the death penalty (June 4, 2018)

◢  Syria

◢  Yemen

Mali (June 4, 2018)

France noted with concern the tensions and violence that accompanied the opposition march that took place on Saturday in Bamako.

France reaffirms its attachment to respect for the right to demonstrate peacefully and the freedom of expression.

It encourages all political actors as well as civil society actors to demonstrate restraint and calls for the continuation of constructive dialogue between the government and the opposition within the framework of the electoral process under way in Mali. Dialogue between all Malian components is essential to the holding of transparent and credible presidential elections.

Burkina Faso – Abolition of the death penalty (June 4, 2018)

France welcomes the adoption in Burkina Faso of a new criminal code removing the death penalty from the sanctions provided for in the code.

France is resolutely and consistently committed to the universal abolition of this unjust, inhumane and ineffective punishment. It calls on all states that still apply the death penalty to establish a moratorium with a view toward its definitive abolition.


Q – What do you think of Law Number 10 being implemented by the Syrian government?

France condemns the adoption of this law, which threatens to prevent the return of millions of Syrian refugees and displaced persons by stripping them of their property.

This is a new phase in the brutal strategy of evicting whole swaths of the Syrian population, which the Damascus regime has been engaged in for several years.

It is also a serious obstacle in the quest for a sustainable political solution to the Syrian conflict.

The entire international community must take care not to assist this strategy in any way.


Isn't there a risk that the humanitarian conference on Yemen co-chaired with Saudi Arabia might be compromised by the Saudi coalition's offensive against the city of Al Hudaydah?

The urgency of the humanitarian situation in Yemen makes it crucial to hold the conference agreed on by the President of France and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. We are making preparations for this meeting, which will be held on June 27 and attended by representatives of the relevant states and international agencies.

This meeting must first deal with all of the difficulties linked to the access and distribution of aid for the Yemeni population. Access to the port of Al Hudaydah, which is vital to delivering commercial and humanitarian goods to civilian populations, will notably be discussed.

France reaffirms that all parties to the conflict are responsible for the protection of civilian populations and infrastructures as well as the complete, unconditional, and unhampered access to humanitarian aid.

It emphasizes that only a negotiated political solution will bring an end to the war in Yemen and an end to the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in that country, and particularly in Al Hudaydah. The UN secretary-general’s special envoy is working with our full support on this solution which, when the time comes, will see the Yemeni parties resuming negotiations as swiftly as possible and without preconditions.

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