The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - May 7, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Myanmar/Burma – Release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo (May 7, 2019)

◢  Turkey – Municipal elections in Istanbul (May 6, 2019)

◢  Benin

Myanmar/Burma – Release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo (May 7, 2019)

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were released this morning as part of an amnesty announced by the president of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. These journalists had been arrested in December 2017, and then sentenced to seven years in prison.

France, which had called on the Myanmar authorities to release them, welcomes this decision.

France reaffirms its support for the democratic transition in Myanmar and for the efforts of the civilian government to advance the rule of law and respect for human rights.

Press freedom is one of the cornerstones of any democratic society. Journalists must be able to carry out their work freely, without fear of being intimidated or arrested.

Turkey – Municipal elections in Istanbul (May 6, 2019)

We have taken note of the High Election Council's decision to annul the results of the Istanbul mayoral contest and to hold a new election on June 23. This decision must be substantiated given the questions it is raising.

With respect to the new campaign that is getting underway, we call on the Turkish authorities to implement all necessary measures to ensure respect for democratic principles, pluralism, fairness and transparency, notably by ensuring the presence of international observers.


The government of Benin reportedly ordered equipment in order to crack down on demonstrators and this equipment is reportedly being blocked at Roissy at the moment. Can you confirm this?

We are not able to confirm these reports.

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