The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - February 27, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Council of Europe – Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and Thorbjørn Jagland (Paris - February 27, 2019)

◢  Burundi

Council of Europe – Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and Thorbjørn Jagland (Paris - February 27, 2019)

European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau will meet today with the secretary-general of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland.

France will chair the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from May 17 to November 27.

During their meeting, the European affairs minister and Mr. Jagland will discuss France's priorities during our chairmanship:

  • defending and strengthening the European system for protecting human rights, especially the rights of children and social rights;
  • promoting equality and coexistence in Europe: combating violence against women; the fight against racism, discrimination and homophobia; teaching history in Europe and promoting European culture;
  • responding together to new challenges to human rights and the rule of law: information, digital challenges, bioethical challenges, the fight against corruption, and the protection of victims of terrorism.

Ms. Loiseau and Mr. Jagland will review the major challenges facing the Council of Europe and how to resolve the dispute with Russia in a satisfactory manner.

Ms. Loiseau will remind Mr. Jagland of our wish to work closely and effectively with Council of Europe staff to prepare for this crucial deadline. She will also reaffirm the reservations we expressed in the human rights commissioner's memorandum on maintaining order during recent demonstrations.


Hello, the French Foreign Affairs Ministry recently summoned the ambassador of Burundi—Christine Niyonsavye—to Paris. Why?

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