The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - February 18, 2022
In this issue:

◢  EU – Jean-Yves Le Drian to attend Foreign Affairs Council meeting (Brussels - February 21, 2022)

◢  French education abroad strengthened with passage of law on AEFE governance and the creation of regional training centers

◢  Russia

EU – Jean-Yves Le Drian to attend Foreign Affairs Council meeting (Brussels - February 21, 2022)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will attend the February 21st meeting of EU foreign ministers.

The security of the EU's eastern border region will be discussed in light of the current high tensions with Russia. The minister will reiterate our three guiding principles: a strong stand on the need to respect Ukraine's unity and territorial integrity; close coordination with our partners on European security; and a serious, rigorous dialogue with Russia to help de-escalate the situation. The ministers will also speak with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and will reaffirm the EU's full support for Ukraine, its independence and its territorial integrity.

The ministers will discuss the commitments taken by the EU on climate diplomacy and will adopt conclusions relating to that issue. They will also exchange views on the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which is in the midst of an institutional and political crisis. Lastly, they will take part in the 26th session of the EU Council – Gulf Cooperation Council, which will address the issue of regional security.

In line with statements made by President Macron and our partners engaged in combating the terrorist threat in the Sahel and West Africa and promoting peace and security in the region, Mr. Le Drian and his colleagues will discuss developments relating to the restructuring of European and international forces there.

At the end of the meeting, a cyber exercise will be held for the first time at this level; its goal is to enhance mutual aid and solidarity among member states in the event of an attack of this kind.

French education abroad strengthened with passage of law on AEFE governance and the creation of regional training centers

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Minister of State for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, attached to the Minister of the Economy, Finance and the Recovery, addressed the National Assembly on February 16 prior to the adoption of the law modifying the governance of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) and establishing regional training centers.

In keeping with the plan to expand French education abroad presented by Jean-Yves Le Drian and Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne on October 3, 2019, this law reflects the aim of making the French education system abroad more attractive. That system currently includes 552 schools and 380,000 students in 138 countries.

Mr. Lemoyne reiterated the goal set by President Macron in 2018 to double the number of jobs at these schools by 2030 and stressed the desire to bolster the efforts of the AEFE, an operator for the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in charge of monitoring registered schools.

The consistency, professionalism and quality of education provided – and particularly innovative multilingual education – will be strengthened with the establishment of 16 regional teacher training centers worldwide. The law also gives an important role to parents, boosting their representation on the AEFE's board.

Mr. Le Drian et Mr. Lemoyne hail this latest step toward strengthening the French education system abroad, a fundamental service provided for French nationals abroad and a major instrument of French influence.


Are the allegations of genocide made by the Russian representative to the UN valid?

France and Germany are continuing their efforts within the Normandy format to ensure the full implementation of the Minsk agreement in order to achieve a lasting resolution of the Donbas conflict. Outrageous statements have no part in this process.

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