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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - February 5, 2016)

Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - February 5, 2016)

Published on March 16, 2015
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European Union – Visit by Harlem Désir to Saint-Jean-de-Braye (February 5, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit the company, GD Laser, in Saint-Jean-de-Braye, in the department of Loiret, today.

GD Laser is an SME with unique expertise in the high-precision laser field; it received a loan within the framework of the "Juncker Plan" aimed at supporting innovative SMEs. The plan is a response to a forceful request made by France: to put investment back at the heart of the European project. It should make it possible to achieve €315 billion in investment over three years.

Almost €1.5 billion has already been allocated to French projects; France therefore leads the way in terms of the number of projects selected by the European Fund for Strategic Investment. The mobilization of the "Juncker Plan" will make it possible to generate €7 billion in investment in key sectors such as the energy transition, the development of innovation, notably by SMEs, and digital infrastructure.


Sudan – Violence in Darfur (February 5, 2016)

France condemns the resumption of violence and aerial bombardment in Jebel Marra, in the region of Darfur. These deliberate attacks are resulting in numerous civilian casualties and may constitute war crimes.

We support the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which must be able to implement without hindrance its mandate to protect civilians and support the political process.

France calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities and for free access for humanitarian assistance in all areas of conflict in Sudan. The only way to achieve peace, stability and democracy in Sudan is through an inclusive process of national dialogue.


Human rights – International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (February 6, 2016)

On the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on February 6, France calls on the international community to strengthen its efforts to put an end to this barbaric practice. More than 125 million women are still living with the consequences of mutilation and it is estimated that 3 million girls are subjected to this practice every year.

France is mobilized in the international forums to defend the rights of women and girls. Since 2006, it has been presenting resolutions, together with the Netherlands, on increasing efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women.

Since 2012 and the launch of the G7 initiative in support of maternal and child health worldwide, France has also supported, through UN Women and the UN Population Fund, efforts to prevent this practice and to provide care for women who have suffered gender-based violence.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development – Career Day (February 6, 2016)

On February 6, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is hosting the Journée des Métiers (Career Day). Open to all, this event will offer a broad and dynamic presentation of Foreign Service careers in all their diversity.

Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., more than 4,000 visitors, most of them students and young working people, are expected at the Ministerial Conference Center in Paris’s 15th arrondissement, where they can select their program. The various presentations, which encourage audience participation, include short films, lectures, first-person accounts, workshops, simulated negotiating sessions, job stands, and recruitment areas. Diplomats share their experiences on major topics– among them Ukraine, Syria, Nigeria, and the role of the United Kingdom in the European Union.

Run by more than 250 Ministry volunteers of all levels and from all departments, this event will offer an opportunity for visitors to ask questions and discover the world of diplomacy and its spheres of activity.

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Cultural diplomacy – Cooperation with the Vai-Vai school at the São Paulo Carnival (February 6, 2016)

France will be the country of honor at this year’s Carnival in São Paulo, beginning tomorrow. During this two-day event, which will be seen by millions of television viewers, Vai-Vai – São Paulo’s oldest and most prestigious samba school – will pay tribute to France as part of a partnership with the French Consulate-General.

More than 3,000 members of this school, including hundreds of French nationals, will march alongside five allegorical floats representing French history, culture and traditions, as well as the modern, innovative, diverse side of France.

As part of this partnership, the Alliance Française of São Paulo will offer French-language classes to several hundred young people from the Vai-Vai school.

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