The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - May 20, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Ukraine – Amélie de Montchalin's participation in the inauguration of President Zelensky (May 20, 2019)

◢  Mali – Attacks on MINUSMA (May 18, 2019)

◢  Death penalty

Ukraine – Amélie de Montchalin's participation in the inauguration of President Zelensky (May 20, 2019)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is representing France today in Kiev at the inauguration of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, whom President Macron received on April 12 in Paris.

The minister of state will meet with the Ukrainian authorities, notably including President Zelensky.

Amélie de Montchalin will reaffirm France's support for the Ukrainian people in the critical period ahead. She will confirm our country's commitment within the Normandy Format with a view toward finding a solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as our determination to support the Ukrainian authorities in implementing reforms, combating corruption and strengthening the rule of law. Within the framework of France's chairmanship of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, she will signal France's desire to maintain close contact with the Ukrainian authorities on all matters relating to this organization.

Mali – Attacks on MINUSMA (May 18, 2019)

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the attacks on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Timbuktu and Tessalit on May 18, which took the life of a Nigerian peacekeeper and injured several members of the mission.

France offers its condolences to the loved ones of the deceased soldier and to the Nigerian authorities. It wishes the injured peacekeepers—a Nigerian and several Chadians—a swift recovery.

France reiterates its support for the Malian authorities in their fight against terrorism, and for MINUSMA, whose role is crucial to stabilizing Mali.

The perpetrators of these attacks must be identified and held accountable for their acts.

Death penalty

Following yesterday's death sentence for Félix Dorfin in Indonesia, can you tell us how many French nationals have been sentenced to death around the world?

We are concerned by the verdict that was just handed down against our compatriot. We take note of his desire to appeal. He has been receiving consular protection since his arrest in September 2018. We are closely monitoring his situation.

Seven French nationals have been sentenced to death around the world. France reaffirms its unwavering opposition to the death penalty everywhere and in all circumstances. It will continue to work toward that end, and to have sentences commuted.

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