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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, September 2, 2015)

Published on March 16, 2015

China – Visit by Laurent Fabius (September 3, 2015)

Laurent Fabius will travel to Beijing on September 3 to represent France at the ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and to pay tribute to the millions of victims of the conflict in Asia, alongside the UN secretary-general.

On this occasion, Laurent Fabius will see President Xi Jinping and meet with Prime Minister Li Keqiang, as well as with his counterpart Wang Yi. On the sidelines of the ceremonies, he will meet with his Mongolian counterpart, Lundeg Purevsuren, whom he received in June 2015 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries.

This is Laurent Fabius’s 11th visit to China.


Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) – Visit by Harlem Désir (September 2, 2015)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, is visiting Skopje today.

He will be received by President Gjorge Ivanov, and will have meetings with Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Fatmir Besimi, and Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki.

Together with FYROM Interior Minister Mitko Chavkov, he will visit the country’s northern border where the UNHCR and Red Cross facilities are located in order to take stock of the emergency, medical and food aid arrangements in place to respond to the migration challenges. On this occasion, he will reaffirm France’s commitment in support of a humane and responsible European response.


Economic diplomacy – Vietnam - Stéphane Le Foll, Matthias Fekl and Martine Pinville welcome the reopening of the Vietnamese market to French beef

Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry, Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, and Martine Pinville, Minister of State for Commerce, Small-Scale Industry, Consumer Affairs and the Social and Solidarity Economy, welcome the reopening of the Vietnamese market to French beef.

The Vietnamese government has just approved the applications for the export of beef to Vietnam by 22 French establishments. This essential final step now renders the reopening of the Vietnamese market effective based on the health certificate negotiated with the Vietnamese authorities.

Following his visit to Vietnam in April, Matthias Fekl succeeded in getting the embargo on French beef lifted.

Martine Pinville then visited Hanoi on July 27 and 28 within the framework of the government’s general mobilization in support of French agriculture. On this occasion, she hand delivered the applications for the export of beef to Vietnam by 22 French establishments to Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

This announcement by the Vietnamese government, following the announcement on August 13 by the Singapore authorities relating to the lifting of their embargo on the export of French beef, is very good news and strengthens the government’s efforts to implement the international component of the plan to support French livestock farming.

The government remains mobilized, notably within the framework of the visit by the representatives of the American and Chinese health authorities in the fall to consider the applications for the export of livestock products by French establishments to these two countries.


Economic diplomacy /Climate – United States – Opening of an electric car sharing service in Indianapolis (Sept. 2)

BlueIndy, an electric car sharing service, opened today in Indianapolis. The opening was attended by Mayor Greg Ballard.

Similar to Autolib en France, this service was launched by the Bolloré Group with the support of Business France and our consulate-general in Chicago. Starting with a fleet of 50 electric cars, it plans to eventually offer 500 vehicles, making it the U.S.’s largest electric car sharing program.

This form of innovative, eco-friendly transportation, for which France is renowned, is one of the future solutions for cities committed to meeting the challenges of climate disruption.


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