Statements made by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris - August 17, 2017)
• Lebanon/ Women’s rights – Repeal of marry-your-rapist law (August 16, 2017)
France welcomes the appointment on August 16 of Horst Köhler as Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara.
It wishes him every success and expresses its gratitude to his predecessor, Christopher Ross, for his positive contribution to the search for a peaceful solution to the situation. Horst Köhler, former President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, was president of the Federal Republic of Germany from 2004 to 2010 and has extensive international and multilateral experience.
As reaffirmed by UNSCR 2351 of April 28, 2017, the UN-led political process must be resumed without delay in order to find a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution. France considers the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco in 2007 to be a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution.
We assure Horst Köhler of our full support in accomplishing his mission.
On August 16 the Lebanese Parliament repealed an article in the country’s criminal code allowing the perpetrator of a rape to evade prosecution if he married his victim.
We congratulate all those who worked so hard for this repeal and applaud this step forward. Nevertheless, loopholes remain in certain cases. We hope they will also be swiftly repealed.
France is committed to opposing violence against women and gender-based discrimination. It defends women’s rights, autonomy and freedom worldwide, and combats all forms of violence toward women.