The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - January 3, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Francophonie – Louise Mushikiwabo takes office as secretary general of La Francophonie (Januray 3, 2019)

◢  Democratic Republic of Congo

Francophonie – Louise Mushikiwabo takes office as secretary general of La Francophonie (Januray 3, 2019)

France congratulates Louise Mushikiwabo, who took office today, Thursday, January 3, 2019, as secretary general of La Francophonie. We believe she will give new impetus to the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF), which plays an important role in spreading the French language and francophone values in support of peace, democracy, human rights and gender equality.

This is a pivotal time for the OIF and France would like to support it in its future transformations. These will notably be discussed at the next summit in Tunis in 2020, when we will celebrate the organization's 50th anniversary. While the number of French speakers will increase sharply in the coming years, the challenge for the OIF will be to strengthen the French language's role as a major language of exchange and communication and to give it new impetus as a language of business. As President Macron reaffirmed, French can be the language that defines the world of tomorrow, embracing the richness and variety of the world without sacrificing its diverse roots. In this respect, France must support all languages that are weakened or isolated as a result of globalization, and promote intercultural exchanges and multilingualism.

As we enter a transition phase, France would like to express its heartfelt thanks to outgoing Secretary General Michaëlle Jean for her work during her four-year term in support of the Francophone community.

Democratic Republic of Congo

What is your response to the blocking of the signal to Radio France Internationale (RFI) and the withdrawal of the accreditation of its correspondent in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

France is committed to the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression. This is one of our foreign policy priorities. Respect for these freedoms, which forms the basis of all democratic societies, is a key factor with respect to ensuring the transparency and credibility of the electoral process underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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