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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, April 24, 2015)

Published on March 16, 2015

Tourism – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s visit to Bordeaux (April 24, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development traveled to Bordeaux this morning to sign, together with Mr. Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux and President of the Urban Community of Bordeaux, a “destination contract.”

This contract is a tourism development tool aimed at bringing together all stakeholders from a given region. It aims to promote “regional brands” by pulling together all public and private institutions, whether run by the state, local authorities, chambers of commerce or tourism professionals in the broader sense.

On this occasion, Mr. Laurent Fabius also visited the Cité des civilisations du vin (Center for Wine and Civilization) project and also went to the Garonne River to reaffirm the potential for the development of wine tourism and river tourism in France.


Climate – Development – Visit by Ms. Annick Girardin to Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Niger (April 25 to 28, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie will visit Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Niger from April 25 to 28, 2015.

She will work with our West African partners, and in particular with Mr. Michel Kafando, interim President of Burkina Faso, and Mr. Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger, on preparations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference and on ways to reconcile the fight against climate disruption and sustainable development. She will review the contributions of these two countries to COP21.

In Abidjan, she will meet with Dr. Raymonde Goudou Coffie, Minister of Health, and will participate in World Malaria Day, together with Jean-Paul Moatti, President of the Research Institute for Development, and Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Ms. Girardin will sign French Development Agency financing agreements relating to food security for the populations of eastern Burkino Faso (€34 million), health in Niger (€13 million), and water and sanitation in Niamey (€26 million)

Ms. Girardin will meet with representatives of civil society in these three countries to discuss all of these issues.


Economic diplomacy – Development – Signing of an agreement between the French Development Agency and Business France (Paris, April 24, 2015)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will preside over the signing of a framework partnership agreement between the French Development Agency (AFD) group, represented by Ms. Anne Paugam and Business France, represented by Ms. Pénicaud.

This agreement is aimed at enhancing the exchange of information between the two agencies and promoting mutual participation in events organized by both groups (workshops, forums, seminars, etc.). This will help AFD to identify companies in France that are operating successfully in its areas of interest and Business France will be able to more effectively help French export firms to seize opportunities to expand abroad.

This partnership, which is aimed in particular at emerging countries, sub-Saharan countries and the countries around the Mediterranean, will be implemented in priority areas, such as those relating to sustainable cities, energy infrastructure, transport, water and sanitation, rural development, the agri-food industry and health.


Cultural network update – United States – “A Night of Philosophy” in New York (April 24 to 25, 2015)

The Embassy of France in the United States will host, on the night of April 24 to 25, the first American edition of “A Night of Philosophy.” The event was launched in Paris in 2010 and was held in London in 2013, then in Athens, Berlin and Rabat in 2014, bringing together thousands of participants each time.

More than 60 European and American philosophers, including Florent Guénard, Pascal Engel, Monique Canto-Sperber and Kwame Anthony Appiah, will discuss topics such as “Do we really want to be equal?” “Must intellectual life be boring?” and “Honor in the contemporary world.” This event will provide an opportunity to explore how philosophy cuts across all areas, from daily life to contemporary art. For the philosophers from both sides of the Atlantic it will be an unprecedented opportunity.

By taking a nighttime stroll, the audience will be able to enjoy artistic performances, screenings, talks and musical sessions. The new bookstore, Albertine Books, inaugurated by Laurent Fabius on September 26, 2014, will be open to visitors until 3:00 am.

“A Night of Philosophy” in New York kicks off a series of spring philosophy events in other parts of the world, from Athens (May 8, 2015) to Tel Aviv (May 28) and Buenos Aires (June 27).


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