Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - June 29, 2016)
• United Arab Emirates / Extension of the Dubai metro system – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
• Development – Jean-Marc Ayrault’s participation in the launch of the "Campus de l’innovation pour la planète" (Bondy - June 29, 2016)
• Tourism – Jean-Marc Ayrault’s participation in the general assembly of Atout France (Paris - June 29, 2016)
• AEFE – Signature of contract defining goals and means for 2016-2018, and reception in honor of recipients of "Excellence Major" scholarship (Paris - June 29, 2016)
• China – High-level dialogue on human exchanges (Paris - June 30, 2016)
• Mauritius – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and Nandcoomar Bodha, minister of public infrastructure and land transport (Paris - June 29, 2016)
• United Nations / Security Council – Election of non-permanent members
I utterly condemn the attack perpetrated this evening at Istanbul airport. This appalling and cowardly act has caused very many casualties.
France extends its condolences to the families and wishes those injured a speedy recovery.
In these tragic circumstances, we stand by Turkey in the fight against terrorism.
The French Consulate General in Istanbul has opened a crisis cell and is in close contact with the Turkish authorities and the French community. We call on our compatriots in Istanbul to follow the Turkish authorities’ advice to be cautious.
I commend the Alstrom group on winning, on June 28, the contract to extend the Dubai metro system to the 2020 World Expo site. This company had already completed the Dubai Tram project, which was inaugurated in 2014 and is one of the most modern systems in the world.
In a highly competitive key global market, this reflects the exceptional expertise of France’s rail industry and its commitment to ensuring the success of major international events.
This €2.6 billion contract, which is estimated to be worth more than €1 billion to Alstom, will support jobs in the group’s main sites in France; 40% of Alstom’s business is devoted to exports.
Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will attend the launch of the "Campus de l’innovation pour la planète"("Campus focused on innovation for the planet") today in Bondy. This ceremony will be attended by Ramata Ly-Bakayoko, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Côte d’Ivoire.
The "Campus de l’innovation pour la planète" is managed by the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) together with its international partners. It will encourage exchange between researchers in order to promote development.
Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today close the general assembly of Atout France, which notably brings together tourism firms and professionals and communities.
During this closing session, he will talk about the key strategic areas of the new contract between the government and the agency and will take stock of work in progress, such as the implementation by Atout France of an Internet portal to promote tourism in France, the signing of partnerships between Atout France and private actors and efforts to boost tourism following the attacks on November 13, 2015, in Paris.
This evening, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault is welcoming scholarship students from the "Excellence Major" program, class of 2016.
These foreign students from French lycées abroad have completed five years of high school education in France. Their excellence earned them a scholarship co-funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Agency for the Teaching of French Abroad (AEFE). Nearly 200 foreign students are part of this program each year.
On this occasion, Mr. Ayrault will sign the contract defining AEFE’s goals and means for 2016-2018.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault will receive Liu Yandong, the Chinese Vice Premier, on June 30. They will co-chair the third session of the Franco-Chinese high-level dialogue on human exchanges.
This dialogue was established by the heads of state during the state visit to France by President Xi Jinping in March 2014. It encourages exchanges in the areas of education, professional training, science, technology, health, culture, tourism and regional cooperation. It will also help us expand our relationship in the area of athletics, with China hosting the 2020 Winter Olympics in Beijing, and to strengthen cooperation in the music, television, and film industries. Youth issues, women’s rights, and gender equality will also be on the agenda.
A joint statement as well as a dozen cooperation agreements will be signed during the plenary session, which will bring together 250 leading figures from France and China.
Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism, and French Nationals Abroad Matthias Fekl is welcoming Nandcoomar Bodha, Mauritius’s minister of public infrastructure and land transport, to the Quai d’Orsay today.
They will review our bilateral cooperation, particularly in the areas of transportation and regional development.
France is Mauritius’s third-largest trading partner and leading investor. One hundred seventy French companies, including many SMEs from Reunion Island, are located there. France is also one of the leading donors assisting with the country’s development—particularly in the areas of infrastructure, the environment, water, and energy. Since 2006, the French Development Agency has allocated more than 500 million euros to sustainable development in Mauritius.
France congratulates Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden on their election as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for a period of two years from January 1, 2017.
We welcome the conclusion of an agreement between Italy and the Netherlands, which should be endorsed today in New York and will allow each of them to hold seats for a period of one year.
We will work very closely with these countries on all issues that fall within the competence of the Security Council, which plays a key role in ensuring international peace and security.