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Egypt - Expulsion of a French journalist (25.05.16)

France deeply regrets the Egyptian authorities’ decision. Throughout the world, it champions the freedom of expression and freedom of the press. President Hollande reaffirmed this publicly during (...)

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Syria – Meeting between the minister and Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General Staffan de Mistura (25.05.16)

He expressed to him our deep concern at the repeated violations of the cessation of hostilities and the regime’s systematic blocking of humanitarian access, contrary to the commitments undertaken (...)

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Germany – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and the participants of the “Helmut Schmidt Program” (25.05.16)

Photo : F.de La Mure / MAEDI Photo : F.de La Mure / MAEDI Photo : F.de La Mure / MAEDI (...)

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Participation of the Foreign Ministers of the countries to the 2016 Paris Balkans Summit (24.05.16)

This meeting, in which European Commissioner Johannes Hahn and the European External Action Service took part, follows on from the ministerial meeting held in Brdo in April 2015 as part of the (...)

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World Humanitarian Summit – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (23-24.05.16)

André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will notably take part in meetings on the initiative taken by Gordon Brown, whom the UN secretary-general has tasked with (...)

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Les autres actualités de la semaine :

UNESCO – Addition of Le Corbusier’s architectural work to World Heritage list (26.05.16)

The nomination relates to 17 buildings on three continents, including the Curutchet House in La Plata, Argentina; the National Museum of Western Art in Japan; Chandigarh in India, and the Cité (...)

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Slovakia - Harlem Désir’s visit to Bratislava (27.05.16)

A few weeks before Slovakia assumes the presidency of the European Union Council, he will meet with Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák and with his counterpart, Ivan Korčok, to discuss major (...)

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Economic diplomacy – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Alain Bentéjac, president of the national committee of foreign trade advisors (Paris, 30.05.16)

The minister will thank the committee for its support for reforms instituted by the government to update the system of government support for exports, and he will laud Mr. Bentéjac’s contributions (...)

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Economic diplomacy – Letter of intent for the construction of three ships by STX (26.05.16)

That will bring the number of cruise ships ordered from Saint-Nazaire to 11. This latest success will help preserve jobs at the Saint-Nazaire site, after 400 new hires in 2015. We applaud the (...)

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Cameroon – Death of the singer Anne-Marie Nzié (25.05.16)

Throughout her career, which was punctuated by collaborations with figures from French chanson, Cameroon’s “Golden Voice” celebrated her country’s culture and raised the profile of the French (...)

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Azerbaijan – Release of Ms. Ismayilova (25.05.16)

This latest move comes after the release of Leyla and Arif Yunus on April 19. France calls for new progress in strengthening the rule of law in Azerbaijan.

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Burundi - Consultations on the inter-Burundi dialogue in Arusha (21-24.05.16)

We reiterate our support for the facilitator, former President Benjamin Mkapa, and applaud his determination to see the inter-Burundi dialogue succeed, under the terms of the Arusha agreement. We (...)

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Comoros – Inauguration of President Assoumani Azali (25-26.05.16)

André Vallini will convey our wish to the Comorian authorities to deepen our friendship and expand cooperation. He will communicate our desire to continue – together with our European partners – (...)

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Czech Republic – Visit by Harlem Désir to Prague (26.05.16)

He will meet with Lubomir Zaoralek, Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as with his counterpart responsible for European affairs, Tomas Prouza. They will discuss the development of (...)

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Economic and sports diplomacy - Jean-Marc Ayrault’s participation in the “International Meetings for Major Sports Events” (26.05.16)

In his opening speech he will reaffirm our country’s ability to organize and host major international sports events, and our recognized expertise in this area. The holding in France of Euro 2016, (...)

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Slovakia - Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart, Miroslav Lajcak (25.05.16)

Jean-Marc Ayrault and Miroslav Lajcak discussed preparations for the Slovakian presidency of the EU, which is due to begin on July 1, 2016. They also took stock of major current European and (...)

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Sport - Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Bernard Lapasset, Co-Chairman of the Paris 2024 Bid Committee (25.05.16)

Photo : B. Chapiron / MAEDI Jean-Marc Ayrault will reaffirm the commitment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development to support the Paris bid. They will discuss the (...)

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Human Rights - Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch (25.05.16)

They discussed the human rights situation in the countries most affected by the crises. France, which is determined to take action to combat impunity and to promote human rights, would like to (...)

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Economic diplomacy – Hong Kong visit by Matthias Fekl (24-25.05.16)

In 2015, our wine exports to Hong Kong amounted to more than 1.26 billion euros. Mr. Fekl’s schedule includes a meeting with Finance Secretary John Tsang, a tour of a Véolia plant, a meeting to (...)

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Iraq - Liberation of the town of al-Rutbah (19.05.16)

This is an important step forward in the fight against Daesh which – thanks to the resolute efforts of the international coalition – is retreating in both Iraq and Syria. France also applauds the (...)

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Economic Diplomacy – Opening of registrations for the meetings between ambassadors and entrepreneurs (Paris, 29.08.16)

Entrepreneurs – especially heads of innovative companies and SMEs and mid-tier firms – who would like to expand into international markets, will therefore be able to meet with ambassadors on August (...)

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European Union - Harlem Désir’s participation in the General Affairs Council (Brussels, 24.05.16)

The ministers prepared for the European Council on June 28 and 29, which will focus on the response to the refugee crisis, the expansion of the job market, growth and investment in Europe as well (...)

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Western Balkans – Ministerial Conference (Paris, 24.05.16)

This summit is scheduled to be held on July 4, on President Hollande’s initiative. The ministerial conference brought together the six Western Balkans countries (Albania, the Former Yugoslav (...)

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Ukraine – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart (24.05.16)

Discussions focused on the implementation of the Minsk agreements, the development of bilateral relations and relations between the EU and Ukraine.

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Health – France’s contribution to improving women’s health (23.05.16)

In 2016, we will focus in particular on the sexual and reproductive health of teens and young people, on nutrition, and on strengthening healthcare systems. France will contribute 10 million (...)

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Yemen – Attack in Aden (23.05.16)

We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and express our solidarity with Yemen in the fight against terrorism. With negotiations taking place today in Kuwait, it is urgent to find (...)

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Sudan - Expulsion of head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (23.05.16)

These expulsions jeopardize the UN’s work in Sudan, and particularly its humanitarian efforts on the ground. France reiterates its support for the UN’s work in Sudan and the United Nations-African (...)

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Syria – Air raids and civilian casualties (23.05.16)

Today’s car bomb attacks by Daesh in Tartus, which left more than 100 dead, are despicable. France also condemns the regime’s bombardment of civilian populations and medical infrastructures. Its (...)

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Economic diplomacy – Meeting of the Strategic Council on Exports chaired by Matthias Fekl (23.05.16)

This meeting notably provided an opportunity to work on two topical issues: the consequences of the implementation of the EU’s new customs code on May 1, 2016; the international challenges (...)

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European Union - Harlem Désir’s participation in a debate on Europe (23.05.16)

Since 2013, the “Maison des régions” has included Aquitaine for France, the Land of Hessen for Germany, the region of Emilia Romagna for Italy and the Wielkopolska region for Poland. It will host, (...)

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Sweden – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Hans Dahlgren (23.05.16)

They discussed the development of our bilateral relations, as well as major current European issues, especially the refugee crisis, the fight against terrorism and the continuation of European (...)

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Thailand – Fire at boarding school (22.05.16)

We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Thai people in this moment of grief.

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