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Egypt – Statement by Laurent Fabius (July 3, 2013) - Excerpt from the daily press briefing (July 4, 2013)

"In the situation of extreme tension in Egypt, which has greatly deteriorated, new elections have finally been announced following a transition period.

France takes note of this. She would like these to be prepared with due respect for law and order, pluralism, individual freedoms and the achievements of the democratic transition, in order that the Egyptian people may freely choose their leaders and their future."

Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - 04.07.13

Q. – What’s your reaction to the arrest of Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi, elected in June 2012 and overturned by the army on Wednesday?
Are you asking the Egyptian military authorities for guarantees of the safety and legal protection of Mursi and the many hundreds of his colleagues rounded up after the military coup on Wednesday?

THE SPOKESMAN – We’re expecting the Egyptian authorities to ensure Muhammad Mursi is treated with the respect due to the office he’s held.
We reiterate our commitment to the pursuit of a political transition involving all political parties and views, with due respect for human rights and democratic principles, political pluralism and freedom of expression, in accordance with the commitments made.



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