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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, March 26, 2015)

Published on March 16, 2015

European Union – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy (Paris, March 26, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today receive Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy. This meeting will provide an opportunity to prepare for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, which should lead to a universal and binding international agreement that will make it possible to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees.

The EU submitted its contribution to COP21 on March 6: it pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% compared to 1990 levels by 2030. On March 19 and 20, the European Council underscored the need for strong mobilization to ensure that the 2015 Paris Climate Conference achieves an ambitious outcome.

The EU must now step up its diplomatic efforts to encourage other states to submit their own contributions and to work toward concrete solutions for the various components of the Paris agreement, notably with respect to the challenges related to climate adaptation and financing.


Attack in Tunis - Ceremony to mark the repatriation of the remains of our compatriots (Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, March 26, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will represent the government at the ceremony to mark the repatriation of the remains of our three compatriots killed during the attack in Tunis, which will take place at 2:00 p.m. today at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport. The Ambassador of Tunisia to France, Mr. Mohamed Ali Chihi, will participate in the ceremony.

On this occasion, one of the families will speak to the press alongside the minister of state and the ambassador of Tunisia.


Moldova – Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir to Chisinau (March 26 to 27, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit Moldova today. This is the first visit by a representative of the French government to Chisinau since the formation of the Moldovan government on February 18.

The minister of state will be received by Mr. Nicolae Timofti, President of Moldova, Mr. Chiril Gaburic, Prime Minister and Ms. Natalia Gherman, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

During this visit, Mr. Désir will reaffirm the importance that France attaches to strengthening relations between the EU and Moldova.


Yemen – Situation (March 26, 2015)

Military operations were carried out last night by several countries in the region in response to the request by the legitimate authorities of Yemen. France reaffirms its support for Yemen’s government and for President Hadi.
It strongly condemns the destabilizing actions by the Houthi rebels and calls on their supporters to immediately disassociate themselves from the rebels and to return to the political process.

In the face of this troubling situation, France stands alongside its partners in the region in their efforts to restore Yemen’s stability and unity.


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