Q - In Friday’s communiqué on the meeting between the foreign minister and his Egyptian counterpart, you focused mainly on the security relationship. Human rights movements and activists warn of a crackdown on homosexuality in Egypt, with nearly 60 arrests in recent weeks. What is France’s position following the rise in civil society arrests just a few months before the presidential election?
A - Human rights are regularly discussed with the Egyptians as part of our trust-based relationship. Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian raised this issue once again in his meeting with his counterpart Sameh Shoukri on October 6.
Our approach in this area is guided by a desire for effectiveness.
France is committed to the freedom of opinion and expression, and to the full respect of individual freedoms.