North Africa and Middle East
LATEST NEWS AND STATEMENTS
Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Regional Ministerial Meeting on Border Security (14.11.13)
The challenges posed by trafficking, illegal immigration and terrorism concern us all and require more effective control of Libya’s border areas, and more generally the Sahara-Sahel region. France hopes that the Rabat conference will provide an opportunity to strengthen regional cooperation in a spirit of dialogue and solidarity and is ready to support all initiatives in that regard.
“France and the new Arab world” seminar – Closing speech by Laurent Fabius (27.06.12)
"France views the changes in the Arab world with confidence, because she’s convinced it’s always preferable to give democracy a chance. Confidence but clear-sightedness, because we’re not unaware of the challenges of the present, the near future and the long term. It’s not within our power to automatically transform revolutions into successes, and we mustn’t interfere in the political life of sovereign states. For all that, aware of her responsibilities, France wants to and must actively contribute, bilaterally and multilaterally, to the progress of democratic, economic and societal transitions."