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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - February 8, 2016)

Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - February 8, 2016)

Published on March 16, 2015
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North Korea / Ballistic missile launch – Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations (February 7, 2016)

France utterly condemns the rocket launch carried out by North Korea in violation of its international obligations.

With this new provocation, North Korea is continuing on the path of confrontation. Such an attitude is irresponsible and unacceptable.

I again urge North Korea to immediately comply with its international obligations and to refrain from any gesture likely to further increase tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

France will work to ensure that the international community provides a firm and determined response to this new provocation.


Climate – Speech by Laurent Fabius to MEDEF (Movement of French Enterprises) (Paris - February 8, 2016)

Laurent Fabius, COP21 President, will visit MEDEF this afternoon in order to present the Paris agreement and to pay tribute to the role of companies in its conclusion.

This agreement will allow us to initiate the transition toward a low-carbon economy, in which companies will have a major role to play, and will provide greater predictability to economic actors.

Laurent Fabius will call on French companies to take advantage of the development opportunities presented by the implementation of the Paris agreement.


French cuisine – Launch of the wine tourism portal (February 9, 2016)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, will launch the wine tourism portal on February 9 at 10:00am at the Quai d’Orsay during a press conference that will include Florence Cathiard, President of the Higher Council for Wine Tourism, and Christian Mantei, Managing Director of Atout France.

This website will provide a single gateway to access information on wine tourism in French and English. It will enable us to better promote French wine travel destinations and to underscore the importance of wine in the French art of living and French heritage.

For more information, please visit


European Union / Climate – Harlem Désir’s visit to Gironde (February 8, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, traveled to Gironde today to visit the solar photovoltaic power plant in Cestas and the Aquitaine Cap Métiers training center in Pessac.

The photovoltaic facility in Cestas, the largest in Europe, was inaugurated in 2015; it helps achieve the energy transition objectives. It received a €56 million loan from the European Investment Bank. The European Investment Bank provided a total of €8.7 billion in loans to French projects in 2015, an increase of 89% compared with 2012. Almost half of these loans finance projects that contribute to the fight against climate disruption.

The Aquitaine Cap Métiers regional information center for vocational education and training receives funding from the European Social Fund. It plays an exemplary role in mobilizing regional actors in support of training and employment.


Development / Solidarity – Annick Girardin brings together French NGOs (Paris - February 8, 2016)

Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will today bring together the main French humanitarian NGOs and the networks of NGOs specializing in education.

She will notably discuss with field officers the situation of child refugees in the camps around Syria.

This meeting will also provide an opportunity to prepare for the World Humanitarian Summit in May.


Morocco / Culture – Death of playwright Tayeb Saddiki (February 5, 2016)

France pays tribute to the memory of the great Moroccan playwright, Tayeb Saddiki, who died on February 5, and his contribution to promoting theater around the world.

Tayeb Saddiki was one of the greatest figures in theater in Morocco and in the Arab world. The author of more than 80 original plays and adaptations, and an immensely talented director, he embraced cinema and television very early on, and also distinguished himself as an actor in some 50 plays and dozens of films.

France has lost a very dear friend. Having worked in the 1950s with Jean Vilar, Officier in the Order of Arts and Letters, Tayeb Saddiki was honored a few weeks ago by the Comédie-Française – on tour in Morocco – during a very moving event.

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