The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - March 24, 2020
In this issue:

◢  G7 – Jean-Yves Le Drian's participation in the G7 foreign ministers meeting (March 25, 2020)

◢  Guinea

◢  North Korea – Ballistic missile launches (March 21, 2020)

◢  COVID-19

G7 – Jean-Yves Le Drian's participation in the G7 foreign ministers meeting (March 25, 2020)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the G7 foreign ministers meeting to be held by videoconference on March 25, under the presidency of the United States.

The main goal of this meeting is to enable the G7 foreign ministers to exchange views on the joint response to the COVID-19 pandemic, following on from the statement issued by the G7 heads of state and government on March 16.

The foreign ministers will also confer on the global political crises and issues.


France is monitoring with concern the situation in Guinea, following the holding on Sunday, March 22, of parliamentary elections and a referendum on changes to the constitution. It condemns the acts of violence that led to the death of several Guineans that day.

The lack of inclusiveness in these elections and the absence of consensus regarding the electoral roll, as well the role played by members of the security and defense forces, which went beyond merely ensuring the safety of the process, meant that it was not possible to hold credible elections, allowing for a consensual result. France also notes the absence of regional and international observation in this double ballot.

France will support the initiatives proposed by ECOWAS, the African Union and the OIF aimed at defusing tensions in Guinea and swiftly re-establishing dialogue between all parties. It calls on all Guinean actors, regardless of who they are, to demonstrate a sense of responsibility and exercise restraint.

North Korea – Ballistic missile launches (March 21, 2020)

We have taken note with concern the reports of ballistic missile launches carried out by North Korea on March 21.

France reiterates its condemnation of these repeated launches which undermine regional security and stability and constitute violations of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

It calls on North Korea to comply with the UN Security Council resolutions, to engage immediately and in good faith in a process to ensure the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.


Could you provide an update on the number of French citizens still stranded abroad? Has no solution been found in some places? What is the situation with respect to French citizens still stranded in the Maghreb (Morocco, Tunisia..), Peru (notably in the Cusco region), the Philippines, etc.? Is the Crisis and Support Center still mobilizing its efforts? Are repatriation operations envisaged in certain instances?

Please refer to the joint communiqué issued by the minister for Europe and foreign and affairs and the minister of state for transport yesterday.

The transport plan that has been introduced has already allowed almost 80,000 of our compatriots to return to France.

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