The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - February 6, 2019
In this issue:

◢  International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (February 6, 2019)

◢  Chad

◢  DRC

◢  Turkey

◢  Italy

◢  Iran

◢  Libya

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (February 6, 2019)

February 6 is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

Such mutilations are a serious attack on the physical integrity of women, on their dignity, and on their rights. They exemplify the continuing inequality between men and women.

With the President having made gender equality a central focus of his five-year term, France is working within the United Nations to combat female genital mutilation and is supporting maternal and infant health workers on the ground, notably through the French Development Agency (AFD).


With regard to the French operation in Chad on February 3, did it occur as part of the defense agreement between France and Chad? What is the date of that agreement? What does it say, specifically? Can it be found online?

French armed forces intervened in response to a request from Chad's authorities. I refer you to the communiqué issued the day before yesterday by the Ministry for the Armed Forces.


Mr. Le Drian expressed doubts concerning the veracity of the result of the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and on February 4, he spoke of an "African-style compromise." What does this expression mean? Can you understand why it shocked many on the African continent?

I urge you to read all of the minister's statements in their entirety.

The minister reiterated that despite questions raised by several DRC partners, including the African Union, the results of the presidential election allowed the Congolese people to forcefully and calmly express their desire to put a different political party in charge of the government. Together with all of the DRC's neighbors and partners, France is determined to support the country's first peaceful changeover.


Did Turkey respond to France after President Macron's decision to establish a day to commemorate the Armenian genocide?

In establishing this day of commemoration, the President is fulfilling his well-known pledge to honor French citizens of Armenian descent.

We have had several opportunities to exchange views with the Turkish authorities on this issue. They have been informed of our positions just as we have been informed of theirs.


Do you have any comment on yesterday's meeting between the Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio and leaders of the Yellow Vests?

This latest provocation is unacceptable between neighbors and EU partners.

Mr. Di Maio, who assumes governmental responsibilities, must be careful not to undermine our bilateral relationship through repeated acts of interference, in the interests of both France and Italy.


Can you confirm that Paris and Tehran are getting ready to exchange diplomats "in the coming days" after six months without any such representation, as the Iranian deputy foreign minister told Le Figaro?

France is currently represented in Tehran by a chargé d'affaires.

The appointment of a new ambassador will be announced in due course.


Does the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar's forces in southern Libya have France's support?

I refer you to the statements I made yesterday on this issue.

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