The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - November 13, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Croatia – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin to Zagreb (November 13-14, 2019)

◢  Gaza – Rocket fire (November 13, 2019)

◢  Ukraine

Croatia – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin to Zagreb (November 13-14, 2019)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Zagreb from November 13 to 14 to meet with her Croatian counterpart, Andreja Metelko-Zgombic. She will also be received by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, then by Minister for Regional Development and EU Funds Marko Pavic. This visit falls within the framework of preparations for the Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union (first half of 2010).

The meetings will focus on bilateral relations and key European issues, notably the new institutional cycle and the priorities of the Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European budget, the strengthening of the Economic and Monetary Union, the strengthening of social and fiscal convergence in Europe, migration, the rule of law and the prospects for EU enlargement. The goal is to increase convergence between France and Croatia in the run-up to the Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The minister of state will also visit Rimac Automobili, which produces high performance electric vehicles and will also visit the French-German EuroCampus school in Zagreb to meet with students and exchange views with the NGO, Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR Croatia). This NGO specializes in memorial issues and regional dialogue; it received the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize from the Council of Europe on September 30.

Gaza – Rocket fire (November 13, 2019)

France deplores the escalation under way in Gaza. It condemns yesterday's firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip targeting residential areas within Israel. It reiterates that attacks deliberately targeting civilians are contrary to international humanitarian law.

France reaffirms the right of both Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace, dignity, and security, and deplores the civilian victims on both sides. It expresses its solidarity with the affected populations.

France calls on the parties to show restraint and reminds them of their obligations to protect civilians and abide by international humanitarian law. It supports the mediation efforts conducted by the Special Coorinator for the Peace Process, N. Mladenov, as well as those by Egypt.

France reiterates that there will be no lasting stability in Gaza without the return of the Palestinian Authority and without lifting the blockade, along wtih credible security guarantees for Israel.

What's your comment on clashes between Israel and the Islamic Jihad?

I refer you to my statement today.


According to Ukrainian media, a meeting of heads of state could take place within the Normandy Format on November 24 or 26. Also according to Ukrainian media, if the summit isn't held on those dates, it won't take place this year. Do you intend to hold it by the end of the year?

For questions regarding the summit between heads of state, I refer you to the Élysée press office.

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