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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, January 27, 2015)

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2015 monthly review

Economic diplomacy – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the seminar entitled “Strengthening France’s economic presence in South-East Asia (Paris, January 27 to 28, 2015)
Development – Close of the International Year of Family Farming (Paris, January 26, 2015)
Foreign trade – New Zealand – Meeting between Mr. Matthias Fekl and his New Zealand counterpart (Paris, January 27, 2015)
Democratic Republic of Congo – Agreement on the revision of the electoral law (January 25, 2015)
Ukraine – French participation in the EU humanitarian operation (January 27, 2015)
Egypt – Violence at demonstrations marking the fourth anniversary of the revolution
France/Chine 50” - Ma Desheng exhibition (Paris, Jan. 30 – Feb. 1)


Economic diplomacy – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the seminar entitled “Strengthening France’s economic presence in South-East Asia (Paris, January 27 to 28, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will open a seminar devoted to strengthening France’s economic presence in South-East Asia tomorrow morning.

This seminar, organized Mr. Philippe Varin, Special Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development for ASEAN, will provide an opportunity for exchanges between 60 or so French business leaders, the French ambassadors in the region, the other government departments concerned and representatives of Business France.

The work will focus in particular on the tourism, electrical power generation, sustainable city, health, agri-food, communication, maritime and cultural industries sectors. It will involve defining concrete measures to promote France’s economic interests in this market of almost 650 million people, which, with a growth rate of 5.5% in 2013, is rapidly expanding.

 

Development – Close of the International Year of Family Farming (Paris, January 26, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, yesterday participated in the closing ceremony for the International Year of Family Farming, in the presence of Mr. Stéphane le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, the Food Industry and Forestry.

Ms. Girardin welcomed the richness and diversity of the initiatives undertaken throughout the year by more than a hundred French actors at the national and international level. This work made it possible to demonstrate that the family farming model provides an appropriate response to the challenges facing the planet, in order to combat hunger and poverty and address environmental issues.

Through the first law on development and international solidarity adopted last year, France makes support for family farming and food and nutritional security one of its development action priorities. 15% of French Development Agency commitments in sub-Saharan Africa for the period 2013-2016 will therefore focus on food security and rural development.

Foreign trade – New Zealand – Meeting between Mr. Matthias Fekl and his New Zealand counterpart (Paris, January 27, 2015)

Mr. Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will today receive Mr. Tim Groser, New Zealand Minister of Trade.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss ways to strengthen our economic cooperation with a partner that is experiencing strong growth (3.6% in 2014). The discussions will notably focus on increasing our trade in the fields of aerospace, transport and the new information and communication technologies and on the framework agreement being negotiated between New Zealand and the EU.

Democratic Republic of Congo – Agreement on the revision of the electoral law (January 25, 2015)

France welcomes the spirit of constructive dialogue that has made it possible to conclude the debate on the electoral law and to establish the legal framework for the forthcoming elections, while respecting the constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It’s now up to the relevant institutions to issue a comprehensive timetable for future elections, established in accordance with the legal provisions in force.

Ukraine – French participation in the EU humanitarian operation (January 27, 2015)

France will participate in the European humanitarian operation that will start today in Ukraine in order to respond to the deteriorating situation of the civilian populations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Crisis and Support Center was on site to provide 6 tons of equipment: more than 200 sleeping bags, 1,000 blankets, 15 thermal heating systems, two 5,000-liter food tanks, 15 generators and 15 floodlights. A French sécurité civile [emergency services] expert will coordinate the distribution of the equipment.

This assistance is in addition to the measures taken by the Ukrainian authorities. The EU and its UN partners will distribute the equipment in accordance with humanitarian principles. It is intended for all populations in need, especially those people displaced within Ukraine.

Egypt – Violence at demonstrations marking the fourth anniversary of the revolution

 France condemns the violence that marked demonstrations commemorating the fourth anniversary of the revolution of January 25, 2011, and emphasizes its commitment to the freedom of assembly and the right to demonstrate peacefully. It reiterates its condemnation of the recent terrorist attacks targeting law enforcement.

We offer our condolences to the victims’ families and assure those who were injured of our solidarity.

 

 “France/Chine 50” - Ma Desheng exhibition (Paris, Jan. 30 – Feb. 1)

 After an intense year, commemorations of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China are about to wrap up. Laurent Fabius and Prime Minister Manuel Valls are traveling to China for the occasion.

In Paris, the “Grands formats” exhibit showcasing works by artist Ma Desheng is one of the last major events of this year of French-Chinese celebrations. Ma Desheng, who moved to France in 1985, is a founding member of the “Stars” group, a leading avant-garde art movement in China; he has explored all aspects of artistic creation, including painting and poetry. Primarily a painter, he has helped renew Chinese painting by giving a greater role to the human body in a tradition dominated by landscape painting. 

At the Carreau du Temple from January 30 to February 1, the exhibition focuses on Ma Desheng’s oversized paintings, some of them more than 30 feet long. 

For more information, visit http://www.france-chine50.com/fr.

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