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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, March 3, 2015)

Published on May 28, 2008

2015 monthly review

 

Tourism – Appointment of Mr. Jacques Maillot as Chargé de Mission for the Development of River and Sea Cruises (Paris, March 3, 2015)
Climate – Africa – Ms. Annick Girardin’s participation in the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (Cairo, March 4, 2015)
Cultural network update - DiverCiné Film Festival in Ottawa (March 7 to 15, 2015)


Tourism – Appointment of Mr. Jacques Maillot as Chargé de Mission for the Development of River and Sea Cruises (Paris, March 3, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, received Mr. Jacques Maillot on March 3. He has decided, together with Mr. Alain Vidalies, Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries, to appoint Mr. Maillot as Chargé de Mission for the Development of River and Sea Cruises. France currently performs below its potential in these two rapidly expanding tourist markets, which should be extensively developed.

Jacques Maillot, founder of Nouvelles Frontières and an independent member of the Supervisory Board of Compagnie des Alpes since 2004, has proven experience in the field of tourism which he will use to promote the development of France’s river and sea cruises sector.

This is a voluntary position.


Climate – Africa – Ms. Annick Girardin’s participation in the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (Cairo, March 4, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will visit Cairo from March 4 to 5 to participate in the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment.

In line with the Manila call to action launched by President Hollande and his Philippine counterpart on February 26, Ms. Annick Girardin will underscore the need to take effective action to promote solidarity and justice. The agreement anticipated in December in Paris must meet the expectations of all countries, especially the most vulnerable countries. It must facilitate a reduction in emissions consistent with the 2°C target, but it should also enable countries to adapt to the effects of climate disruption, notably through adequate funding.

Africa is the continent that has contributed least to greenhouse gas emissions, but it’s also one of the continents that are suffering most from the consequences, notably in terms of deforestation, rising sea levels and deforestation.

During her visit, Annick Girardin will also meet with the Egyptian environment and cooperation ministers, and will discuss development and climate disruption issues with French-speaking students.


Cultural network update - DiverCiné Film Festival in Ottawa (March 7 to 15, 2015)

The 13th DiverCiné Film Festival, organized by the Embassy of France in Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage, in partnership with the Canadian Film Institute, will take place from March 7 to 15 in Ottawa.

On the eve of the Semaine internationale de la francophonie, the festival will showcase a dozen French-language feature films selected for major international festivals that are rarely screened in Canada. Audiences will be able to discover, through the eyes of filmmakers from all over the world, the great diversity of identities, cultures and imaginations of the people who make up the French-speaking world.

The 2015 program will feature films from France, Belgium, Canada, Mauritania, Morocco, Haiti, Poland, Romania, Switzerland and Vietnam. This year’s signature films include “Timbuktu” directed by Abderrahmane Sissako and “Child’s Pose,” a Romanian film that won the “Golden Bear” prize at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, as well as the French animated film “Minuscule : la vallée des fourmis perdues” (“Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants”).

For more information, please visit:

http://francecanadaculture.org/fr/film-tv-et-nouveaux-media/agenda/13e-festival-de-films-divercine


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