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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, November 26, 2014)

Published on November 26, 2014
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Mexico – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his counterpart (Paris, Nov. 26)
Launch by Laurent Fabius of France Alumni, a social network for former foreign students in France (Nov. 26)
Mali – Attack on the convoy of the Malian minister of rural development (Nov. 24)
Nigeria – Attacks on civilians in the town of Maiduguri (Nov. 25)

Mexico – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his counterpart (Paris, Nov. 26)

French minister of foreign affairs and international development Laurent Fabius will welcome his Mexican counterpart, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, today.

They will review the strategic partnership established last April and make preparations for the Mexican President’s state visit to France in July 2015.

In particular, the two ministers will discuss Mexico’s reengagement in UN peacekeeping operations, our initiative on restraining Security Council veto power for mass atrocities, the preparation of important climate deadlines ahead of the Paris Climate 2015 conference, and Mexico’s adhesion to the Organisation International de la Francophonie as an observer state.

They will then meet with members of the French-Mexican Strategic Council, which will present joint initiatives in such sectors as energy, telecommunications and sustainable cities.

A joint high-level group on tourism will be established and negotiations will begin on an agreement to create a working vacation program.

 

Launch by Laurent Fabius of France Alumni, a social network for former foreign students in France (Nov. 26)

Today at the Quai d’Orsay, Laurent Fabius will launch the social network France Alumni for former foreign students who have studied in France, together with Geneviève Fioraso, minister of higher education and research. They will be joined by Mohamed Salah ben Ammar, the current Tunisian health minister; Jennifer Flay, director of FIAC [international contemporary art fair]; and John Parkes, managing director of Ubisoft France.

Each year, nearly 300,000 foreign students pursue their studies in France. France Alumni, established and operated by CampusFrance, is aimed at helping them remain in touch with our country after their studies. This new site is also an opportunity for the international development of our businesses and universities, to facilitate new economic and academic partnerships with these former students.

The results of the first CampusFrance/B.V.A. survey on the economic impact of foreign students in France will also be presented at this event. For more information, visit: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/venir-en-france-22365/etudier-en-france-12794/article/lancement-de-francealumni-fr-le

 

Mali – Attack on the convoy of the Malian minister of rural development (Nov. 24)

France condemns the attack on the convoy of Bocari Treta, Mali’s minister of rural development, on November 24 in the Gao region, which left two Malian soldiers dead and injured six others.

We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and to the Malian authorities. The perpetrators of this crime must not go unpunished.

Standing shoulder to shoulder with the Malian authorities, its African partners and the United Nations, France remains committed to Mali’s stabilization.

 

Nigeria – Attacks on civilians in the town of Maiduguri (Nov. 25)

France condemns the double attack perpetrated on November 25 in Maiduguri, in northeastern Nigeria, which took the lives of 45 civilians.

We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and to the Nigerian authorities. Those who were behind these vicious terrorist attacks must be brought to account.

With its African and international partners, France stands resolutely by Nigeria’s side in its fight against terrorism.

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