Our Ministers - Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairshttps://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/our-ministers/?xtor=RSS-1 Jean-Yves Le Drian Franck Riester Jean-Baptiste (…) enMinistry for Europe and Foreign Affairshttps://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/local/cache-vignettes/L144xH72/visuel_defaut_une_fd-44916-890bc.jpg?1614684369https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr?xtor=RSS-1 Round table on the geopolitical future of Europe organized by the journal Le Grand Continent – Address by Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (Paris, 27 Apr. 21)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/our-ministers/jean-yves-le-drian/speeches/article/round-table-on-the-geopolitical-future-of-europe-organized-by-the-journal-le?xtor=RSS-1 I/ Opening remarks To begin, my dear Sébastien Lumet, I would like to thank you and Le Grand Continent for your invitation to these exchanges with Luuk van Middelaar and Cornelia Woll. Dear Luuk, I know that you have a clear, ambitious outlook on European life and I am glad that the Collège de France has chosen you to open its new series of debates and discussions on European issues. Because with less than a year to go until the next French Presidency of the European Union, I think it is (…) 2021-04-29 17:57:2661357_258289Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian to Libya with his German and Italian counterparts (25 Mar. 2021)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/our-ministers/jean-yves-le-drian/press/article/visit-by-jean-yves-le-drian-to-libya-with-his-german-and-italian-counterparts?xtor=RSS-1 Statement by Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, during his joint press briefing with his Libyan, German and Italian counterparts (Tripoli, 25 March 2021) « Minister, ladies and gentlemen, I must say that I am very pleased to be here in Tripoli, a few weeks after a legitimate executive was confirmed by the House of Representatives. That was a very important step forward which should help restore Libya's stability, unity and sovereignty. I am particularly pleased (…) 2021-03-26 11:31:0961358_257098 To fight climate change, fight carbon leakage - joint op-ed by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and 19 other ministers from the European Union (Politico, 23 Mar. 2021)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/our-ministers/jean-yves-le-drian/press/article/to-fight-climate-change-fight-carbon-leakage-joint-op-ed-by-jean-yves-le-drian?xtor=RSS-1 The EU needs a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism that is effective, legitimate and fair. This op-ed was originally published by Politico More than five years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, global climate action is more pressing than ever. A number of positive developments have raised hopes that we can meet the global challenge with a collective response. The European Union has endorsed the objective of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 and more than 130 countries, (…) 2021-03-23 10:56:0661358_256941China – Situation of Uighurs – Reply by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, to a question in the Senate (9 Mar. 21) https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/our-ministers/jean-yves-le-drian/statements/article/china-situation-of-uighurs-reply-by-m-jean-yves-le-drian-minister-for-europe?xtor=RSS-1 You rightly mentioned the unjustifiable practices taking place in Xinjiang. All of what you say is happening – forced sterilizations, sexual abuse in camps, disappearances, mass detentions, forced labour, the destruction of cultural heritage beginning with places of worship, putting the population under surveillance – has been proven. And it's why on France's behalf, before the United Nations Human Rights Council, as you kindly pointed out, I spoke a few days ago about the fact that this is an (…) 2021-03-11 15:00:4863203_256620Interview given by Jean-Yves Le Drian to French weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche (17.01.21)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/our-ministers/jean-yves-le-drian/press/article/interview-given-by-jean-yves-le-drian-to-french-weekly-newspaper-le-journal-du?xtor=RSS-1 By François Clemenceau for Le Journal du Dimanche Trump and US democracy Q. – A week after the assault on the Capitol and three days before Joe Biden's investiture, do you have doubts about the robustness of American democracy? The Minister – Like many French people, I'm still haunted by the shock those extraordinary scenes caused. No one could have imagined witnessing that day of insurrection in Washington. It's paradoxical, because democracy had just shown its vitality through a record (…) 2021-01-20 09:57:5261358_255347Op-ed – Jean-Yves Le Drian - Irish Times: “France, your closest EU neighbour” (2 Jan. 2021) https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/our-ministers/jean-yves-le-drian/press/article/op-ed-jean-yves-le-drian-irish-times-france-your-closest-eu-neighbour-2-jan?xtor=RSS-1 This Friday, 1 January 2021, marks a new stage in the strengthening of the relationship between France and Ireland. At midnight last night, the end of the Brexit transition period confirmed the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. This departure was the British people's choice. We regret it, but we respect it. Brexit will have serious and significant consequences for our fellow citizens and our economies from today onwards, and in the long term. No other European Union Member (…) 2021-01-04 12:23:1761358_254859Jean-Yves Le Drian - Interview - Le Figaro (13 Dec. 2020)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/our-ministers/jean-yves-le-drian/press/article/jean-yves-le-drian-interview-le-figaro-13-dec-2020?xtor=RSS-1 INTERVIEW – For the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, 2020 saw the convergence of a series of trials that “have shaken the very foundations of the multilateral order and undermined the values of our democracies”. By Isabelle Lasserre for Le Figaro LE FIGARO.- Have you ever seen a worse year in your ministerial career? Jean-Yves LE DRIAN – We have had a terrible year. It started with an escalation in violence following the assassination of the Iranian General Soleimani, which (…) 2020-12-31 15:38:5361358_254834Videoconference in support of the people of Lebanon- Address by Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (Paris, 2 Dec. 20)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/our-ministers/jean-yves-le-drian/speeches/article/videoconference-in-support-of-the-people-of-lebanon-address-by-mr-jean-yves-le?xtor=RSS-1 Heads of State and Government, Ministers, Dear friends, I would like to conclude these discussions with a few words of thanks. Despite the very short notice, you have turned out in force, as many of you also did on 9 August. And that in itself sends a strong message of support to the people of Lebanon. I also want to especially thank the Lebanese civil society organizations among us today who have explained the challenges they are facing on the ground, but also their vision and goals, (…) 2020-12-09 13:17:5061357_254413Nagorno-Karabakh – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (10 Nov.2020)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/our-ministers/jean-yves-le-drian/statements/article/nagorno-karabakh-statement-by-jean-yves-le-drian-minister-for-europe-and?xtor=RSS-1 Announcements were made last night by Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Russian authorities regarding the implementation of a ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh. We have taken note of the agreement and are examining its terms and implications. Clarifications are expected in order to assess their impact. The cessation of fighting is crucial. The parties had made this commitment several times over the last few weeks and we have been, and remain, strongly committed to this priority within the (…) 2020-11-10 21:25:0363203_253521Nice Terrorist Attack - Jean-Yves Le Drian's remarks at the National Assembly (29 Oct. 20)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/our-ministers/jean-yves-le-drian/speeches/article/nice-terrorist-attack-jean-yves-le-drian-s-remarks-at-the-national-assembly-29?xtor=RSS-1 Extract from the remarks of Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, in the plenary session of the National Assembly, on the review of the 2021 budget bill President, Rapporteurs, Parliament members, To address the unrest and the challenges in today's world, France needs strong diplomacy. This world is a world of crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, which is still hitting our country and Europe very hard. It is a world in which there are violent power (…) 2020-11-02 13:47:0661357_253155