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Conference on Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage, Abu Dhabi (02-03.12.16)

This conference is the result of a joint French-United Arab Emirates initiative which has been in preparation for over three years. It is the cultural aspect of the fight already being waged (...)

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Joint Op-ed by Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier (01.12.16)

Maria da Penha from Brazil has used a wheelchair since being attacked by her husband in the 1970s, and now campaigns tirelessly for the protection of women against domestic violence. Sunitha (...)

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Diplomacy and archaeology: a unique framework – a historical link Since the mid-19th century, close ties were forged between archaeology, a discipline invented by France among others, and (...)

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Human rights – ILGA World Conference on respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (28.11-02.12.16)

Jean-Marc Ayrault wanted to convey to the participants of this conference a message reaffirming France’s commitment to respect for the rights of LGBTI persons and its determination to combat all (...)

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Ukraine – New confinement arch in Chernobyl (29.11.16)

The scale of this 25,000-ton structure, which is 108 meters high and 162 meters long, is unprecedented; it was built by Bouygues and Vinci, which are part of the Novarka consortium. Work will (...)

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Syria – Situation in Aleppo - Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault (29.11.16)

More than ever, there is an urgent need to implement a cessation of hostilities and enable unfettered access to humanitarian aid. Jean-Marc Ayrault had a meeting at the Quai d’Orsay with the (...)

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Syria – Situation in Aleppo (28.11.16)

It is against this backdrop that Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, would like to hold a ministerial meeting of the group of like-minded countries at (...)

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Cuba – Death of Fidel Castro – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault (25.11.16)

His passing marks the end of a chapter in 20th century history that was marked by hope for emancipation and disappointment in a system that did not respect human rights. The recent resumption of (...)

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Les autres actualités de la semaine :

Burundi – Facilitation efforts led by Benjamin Mkapa to promote inter-Burundian dialogue (01.12.16)

We reaffirm our full support for him in his efforts to promote inter-Burundian dialogue, in accordance with the mandate entrusted to him by the East African Community. The only way to put an end (...)

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Belarus – Death penalty (02.12.16)

We are also concerned by the death sentence handed down to Siarhei Vostrykau on May 19. France reaffirms its constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. We (...)

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Development – Visit by André Vallini to the headquarters of Handicap International (02.12.16)

On the eve of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, André Vallini will endorse, on behalf of France, the Charter on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action at (...)

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Egypt – Launch of the new Institut français website (30.11.16)

This new dynamic and interactive website in French and Arabic reflects the richness of the programs and cooperation initiatives of the Institut français in Egypt. It provides access to all of the (...)

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UNESCO – Inscription of the Carnival of Granville on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (30.11.16)

The Carnival of Granville is a four-day celebration leading up to Shrove Tuesday. 2,700 carnival organizers spend six months creating 40 or so floats, which take a humorous look at current (...)

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European Union – Presentation of the European Defense Action Plan (30.11.16)

France has a high level of expectation regarding the financing of the defense sector: We would notably like the Juncker Plan for strategic investment to be expanded to the defense sector, in (...)

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Ukraine – Military activities around Crimea (01.12.16)

We call on the parties to refrain from any escalation and to encourage dialogue, to which France stands ready to contribute in every way possible.

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World AIDS Day (01.12.16)

France, which has been the second largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria since its creation, recently renewed its commitment to the fund by pledging €1.08 (...)

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Development - André Vallini’s participation in the conference of donors and investors (01-02.12.16)

This major event for Madagascar should give a decisive boost to the country’s economic recovery. André Vallini reaffirmed France’s support for the people of Madagascar and for the recovery efforts (...)

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Malta – Visit by Harlem Désir (01-02.12.16)

He will have meetings with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Affairs Louis Grech, Minister of Foreign Affairs George Vella, as well as Ian Borg, Parliamentary Secretary for the EU (...)

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Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law – Joint statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, and Frank-Walter Steinmeier (01.12.16)

We call on the Chinese government to release Li Heping immediately, in accordance with the rule of law, as set out in the Chinese constitution, and the principle that lawyers must be able to (...)

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United Nations - North Korea - Adoption by the security council of a resolution strengthening the economic sanctions (30.11.16)

The development of North Korean nuclear and ballistic programs represents a threat to regional and international peace and security. We call on North Korea to immediately comply with its (...)

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United Nations - North Korea - Adoption by the security council of a resolution strengthening the economic sanctions (30.11.16)

The development of North Korean nuclear and ballistic programs represents a threat to regional and international peace and security. We call on North Korea to immediately comply with its (...)

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Turkey – Fire (29.11.16)

France extends its condolences to the victims’ families and friends. It assures Turkey of its solidarity at this painful time.

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Libya – Support for the economy (30.11.16)

This project aims to support the private sector with co-financing of €200,000 provided by France in order to help diversify the Libyan economy and support SMEs. During this visit, Matthias Fekl (...)

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Tourism - Matthias Fekl’s participation in the 64th Congress of the French Union of Professions and Industries in the Hotel Business (30.11.16)

This visit will provide an opportunity to take stock of the needs and challenges of this sector in order to meet the demands of French and international customers. Matthias Fekl will meet with (...)

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Armenia – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Armenian parliamentarians (30.11.16)

Photo F.de La Mure / MAEDI They discussed the development of bilateral relations as well as the prospects for the process to resolve the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Harlem Désir reaffirmed the (...)

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Ireland – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart (01.12.16)

Photo : B. Chapiron / MAEDI Photo : B. Chapiron / MAEDI Photo : B. Chapiron / MAEDI (...)

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Economic diplomacy – Best Trade Promotion Organization award presented to Business France (24.11.16)

This program aims to improve the long-term support for future “export champions.” More than 850 rapidly growing SMEs and mid-tier firms have therefore launched their international operations thanks (...)

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Haiti – First round of the presidential elections – Publication of the preliminary results (29.11.16)

Pending the publication of the final results on December 29, France calls on all political actors to comply with the election rules.

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Central African Republic – Clashes between armed groups (21-22.11.16)

We call on all armed groups to put an end to all forms of violence and to join, without delay, the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation program launched by the authorities (...)

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United States – Attack on a college campus (28.11.16)

It wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

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Colombia – Plane crash (29.11.16)

France expresses its solidarity with the victims’ families and friends and offers its heartfelt condolences to them. At this painful time, France stands alongside Brazil and Colombia and assures (...)

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Ukraine – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault to Minsk (29.11.16)

One month after the summit in Berlin on October 19 and in accordance with the mandate set out by the heads of state and government, this meeting is aimed at developing a road map to implement the (...)

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Uganda – Clashes in Kasese (26-27.11.16)

According to the authorities, this attack has reportedly left at least 55 rebels and police officers dead. We are following the situation with concern and call for efforts to ease (...)

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Democratic Republic of Congo – Attack against a camp for displaced Hutus (27.11.16)

We demand that full light be shed on this attack in order to be able to bring the perpetrators to justice. France reaffirms its full support for MONOSCO and urges it to press ahead, in close (...)

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Germany – Visit by Harlem Désir to Berlin (28.11.16)

Harlem Désir, together with his counterpart, Michael Roth, and accompanied by Louis Gautier, Secretary-General for Defense and National Security, will open the Berlin conference on security, at (...)

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Iran – Train crash – Statement by the spokesperson (25.11.16)

France extends its condolences to the victims’ families and wishes the injured a speedy recovery. It assures Iran of its solidarity at this difficult (...)

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