The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - June 18, 2018
In this issue:

◢  India – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart (Paris - June 18, 2018)

◢  Foreign trade / Tourism – Trip to Marseille by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (June 18, 2018)

◢  Colombia – Presidential elections (June 18, 2018)

◢  Nigeria – Attacks (June 16-17, 2018)

◢  Burkina Faso – Terrorist attacks (June 16, 2018)

India – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart (Paris - June 18, 2018)

On June 18, Jean-Yves Le Drian is hosting his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj.

Three months after President Macron's state visit to India, from March 9 to 12, this meeting aims to move forward with the implementation of the goals established during that visit, 20 years after the conclusion of the strategic partnership between France and India. Discussions will focus in particular on the implementation of the joint vision adopted in March 2018 on cooperation in the Indian Ocean, and on the establishment of an Indo-Pacific space that respects the principles of international law, to the benefit of the entire region.

Mr. Le Drian and Ms. Swaraj will discuss major international issues, including the Vienna agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue, and challenges in the fight against terrorism. They will in particular review the operational implementation of the International Solar Alliance, whose founding summit was co-chaired by the French President and the Indian Prime Minister on March 11, as well as the development of a Global Pact on the Environment.

In economic matters, our priority is on boosting trade (€9 billion in 2017) and strengthening France's economic presence in India, especially in the area of sustainable urban development and energy. Our bilateral priorities also include stepping up exchanges between students, tourists, and researchers, and cultural cooperation (especially in film and publishing).

Foreign trade / Tourism – Trip to Marseille by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (June 18, 2018)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will be in Bouches-du-Rhône today for a visit devoted to supporting foreign trade and tourism.

To support foreign trade, Mr. Lemoyne is establishing a one-stop shop for exporters in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. He will preside over the signing of an agreement establishing a new partnership between the region, which has expanded authority for economic development, the regional chamber of commerce and industry (CCI), and Business France, the state operator for foreign trade. Christophe Lecourtier, the CEO of Business France, and Roland Gomez, president of CCI Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, will attend the signing ceremony. This agreement solidifies the commitment of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to promote closer ties between Business France and the regions.

Thanks to the establishment of "Team Sud Export," companies can now receive export assistance that is both streamlined and close-by. The establishment of a regional "one-stop shop" reflects the Prime Minister's pledge in Roubaix on February 23 to make the system for receiving government support more comprehensible, simpler and more effective, with the aim of bringing the number of French exporters to 200,000 by 2022.

During the visit to France by Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Mr. Lemoyne will take part in a ceremony in Marignane marking the delivery to Hong Kong of the first H175 helicopters, the fruit of French-Chinese cooperation.

With respect to tourism, Mr. Lemoyne is bringing together local tourism officials at the prefecture. The improvement in tourist numbers in Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur for 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 is continuing for summer 2018, with a 6% increase expected for international arrivals. The minister and the tourism professionals will review the Provence brand that includes 25 contributing financial partners. They will discuss the increase in cruise ships and expansion of the port of Marseille as well as the improvement of connectivity in Marseille, in line with airline connectivity considerations discussed at the tourism steering committee meeting on June 4 at the Quai d'Orsay, attended by Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Colombia – Presidential elections (June 18, 2018)

France offers its congratulations to Ivan Duque on his election as President of the Republic of Colombia.

We applaud the smooth unfolding of the elections, which confirms the strength of Colombian democracy and the benefits of reestablishing peace.

In recent years, our two countries have established a strong partnership rooted in France’s full support for meeting to the challenges of peace in Colombia and on the intensity of our economic and cultural exchanges. France stands with the Colombian people in the implementation of the peace process. Now more than ever, the joint commitment of our two countries will be necessary on the international scene to preserve the environment, keep the peace and defend multilateralism.

Nigeria – Attacks (June 16-17, 2018)

France condemns the attacks carried out during the night of June 16 in Damboa, in Borno State, that left some 30 dead and many injured.

We offer our condolences to the victims' families.

We reaffirm our commitment to Nigeria and its neighbors in the fight against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad basin. France will also continue its effort with regard to humanitarian aid and stabilization.

Burkina Faso – Terrorist attacks (June 16, 2018)

France condemns the terrorist attacks on June 16 that targeted security forces in eastern Burkina Faso.

It offers its condolences to the families of the victim and to the authorities.

We applaud the determination of Burkina Faso's defense and security forces in countering the terrorist threat and the effort developed by that country to organize this fight in a coordinated manner with its neighbors based on their shared borders.

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