Statements made by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris - March 21, 2019)
Goût de France/Good France is celebrating the vitality and creativity of French cuisine in 150 countries today. Thousands of restaurants on five continents and 150 French embassies and consulates will showcase French art de vivre and regional products; the culinary heritage of Provence will be in the spotlight this year.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State, will launch the event at the Village international de la Gastronomie, where they will open a Provencal banquet focusing on responsible cuisine that is accessible to all; the banquet will be open to the general public in the Jardins du Trocadéro.
French cuisine is central to France’s image: A third of foreign visitors state that they come to our country to experience its food and wine. With the assistance of chefs, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs supports the role of fine dining in the strategy to raise the profile of French destinations and enhance their appeal to tourists.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, alongside Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State, will consult with non-state actors in development policy on the draft framework legislation relating to solidarity-based development and the fight against global inequalities, within the framework of an extraordinary session of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (CNDSI).
The third meeting of the CNDSI devoted to revising development policy was preceded by consultations organized by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in Paris and regionally. This approach reflects Jean-Yves Le Drian’s determination to ensure that all international cooperation and development stakeholders are involved in drafting the new legislation: parliamentarians, representatives of local and regional authorities, NGOs, unions, employers, economic stakeholders, universities and research centers and foreign personalities.
The draft legislation currently being drawn up reflects President Macron’s desire to revise France’s development policy in terms of its goals, means and impact, in the context of a trend toward increased official development assistance with the goal of reaching 0.55% of GNI in 2022. It provides guidelines for our development policy, in support of the strategic priorities of France’s external action: development policy focused on the priority countries for our assistance, mainly in Africa; a policy that combats global inequalities by undertaking more effective action on key issues such as poverty, hunger, education, health, gender equality, climate and biodiversity, fragile and crisis areas—all global issues that have been made a priority of the French presidency of the G7. Increasing the effectiveness of development policy will also be central to the draft legislation, thanks to a more partnership-based approach, increased policy guidance for development agencies, such as the French Development Agency and Expertise France, and through a more demanding assessment of the impact of development projects in order to improve accountability.
The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals sentenced Radovan Karadzic on March 20 to life in prison for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes perpetrated during the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995), which left more than 100 000 dead and resulted in 2.2 million displaced persons. The verdict is final.
France plays tribute to the courage of the victims and witnesses who gave evidence before the
international criminal courts. It remembers those who died during the siege of Sarajevo, the detention conditions of the prisoners, the rape used extensively as a weapon of war, the ethnic cleansing of thousands of victims of genocide in Srebrenica in July 1995 and the many victims of enforced disappearances.
As the Council of the European Union has reaffirmed on several occasions, all those responsible for the most serious crimes committed in the Western Balkans must be tried so that the countries of the region can look to the future. France is committed to the fight against impunity all over the world and calls on all states to fully cooperate with the international criminal courts and to comply with their decisions.
Syrian media outlet Hawar stated today that the Syrian Democratic Forces had completely retaken Baghouz from Islamic State jihadists.
Can you, as a member of the Global Coalition, confirm this report? In that case, is a coalition on Syria still needed? What are its next steps in order to eliminate Daesh?
Please refer to the Global Coalition against Daesh.