France Joins Global Fight Against AIDS
This Saturday, December 1st, is World AIDS Day. France has made the fight against AIDS a high priority, through prevention, treatments and research. Today, “halting the AIDS epidemic is possible,” as President François Hollande declared.
On Friday, Nov 30, on the occasion of World AIDS Day, François Hollande, President of the French Republic, visited the Bicêtre-Hospital in the town of Kremlin-Bicêtre, and met with patients, doctors and researchers.
France was very involved during the International AIDS Conference, which took place in Washington D.C. in July 2012. Marisol Touraine, Minister of Health and Social Affairs, and Geneviève Fioraso, Minister of Higher Education and Research, attended the conference. President François Hollande sent a message to the conference, declaring that “halting the AIDS epidemic is possible.”
French scientist Françoise Barré-Sinoussi also attended the AIDS conference. Mrs. Barré-Sinoussi’s contribution to the discovery of the HIV virus was instrumental. For this, she received together with her colleague Luc Montagnier, the Nobel Prize of Medicine and Physiology in 2008. In July 2012, Mrs. Barré-Sinoussi became President of the International AIDS Society.
More information on the Foreign Ministry’s website (in French).