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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, December 19, 2014)

Published on December 19, 2014
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2014 monthly review

International development – Signing of an agreement between the French Development Agency and the Public Investment Bank (Paris, December 19, 2014)
Nigeria – Attacks and mass kidnappings (December 14, 2014)
Mauritania – Situation of Mr. Biram Dah Abeid, leader of the “Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement”
Climate – Extension of the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol until 2020 (Paris, December 18, 2014)


International development – Signing of an agreement between the French Development Agency and the Public Investment Bank (Paris, December 19, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Mr. Michel Sapin, Minister of Finance and Public Accounts, presided over the ceremony to mark the signing of a framework partnership agreement between the French Development Agency and the Public Investment Bank this morning.

The agreement provides for exchanges of information and support for boosting the presence of French companies abroad, notably in Africa.

This text will make it possible to enhance the complementarity of the actions of the French Development Agency and the Public Investment Bank in support of French companies operating abroad as well as developing countries.


Nigeria – Attacks and mass kidnappings (December 14, 2014)

France condemns the attacks carried out by the terrorist group Boko Haram in the village of Gumsuri in Borno State (in northeastern Nigeria), during which 32 people were killed and 185 others were kidnapped.

We assure the families affected and the Nigerian authorities of our solidarity. Those responsible for these acts must be brought to justice.

As with respect to the schoolgirls who were kidnapped in Chibok on April 14 and who remain captive, everything possible must be done to obtain the release of the victims of this kidnapping, most of whom are women and children.

Together with its international and African partners, France stands alongside Nigeria in the fight against terrorism and supports the regional coordination efforts.


Mauritania – Situation of Mr. Biram Dah Abeid, leader of the “Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement”

France is closely monitoring the situation of Mr. Biram Dah Abeid and activists who are members of the “Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement.”

Together with our European partners, we maintain a constant dialogue with the Mauritanian authorities and with this organization.

France reaffirms its attachment to the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful demonstration, as well as to respect for the rights of the defense and the right to a fair trial, guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ratified by Mauritania.

We also encourage Mauritania to continue its efforts with respect to the fight against contemporary forms of slavery, in accordance with its international commitments and the measures taken at the national level.


Climate – Extension of the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol until 2020 (Paris, December 18, 2014)

On December 18, Parliament authorized the ratification of the amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, extending it until 2020. Following the agreement reached on December 17 in Brussels by the European environment ministers on the arrangements for ratifying this text, this is a positive step in the run-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

These decisions confirm the commitment of France and the EU to the fight against climate disruption.

The Kyoto Protocol, which is the only legally binding international instrument for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, has made it possible to reduce the emissions of developed countries. Our objective for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference is to reach a new universal agreement that would enter into force in 2020.

France calls on all countries that have not yet done so to ratify this amendment so that it can enter into force as swiftly as possible.

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