News - Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs enMinistry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Venezuela (13 May 20) France strongly condemns the measures taken in recent days, which hinder the normal functioning of our diplomatic mission in Caracas. These measures are contrary to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. That position was expressed this afternoon when the Venezuelan ambassador to France was summoned to the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. French officials expect these measures to be rescinded without delay in order to restore normal operations at our diplomatic (…) 2020-05-14 10:09:3955640_249647Venezuela - Q&A from the press briefing (03 Apr. 20) Q: What is France's response to the Framework for a Peaceful Democratic Transition in Venezuela initiative proposed by the United States? A: Like its European partners, France supports a political and peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela, which involves the holding of free, transparent and credible parliamentary and presidential elections. We hope that the proposals made by the United States will contribute to that goal, while taking the Oslo-Barbados process into consideration. We (…) 2020-04-06 10:51:1655640_248898Venezuela - Q&A from the press briefing (18 Feb. 20) Q : The government of Venezuela accused the French ambassador to that country, Romain Nadal, of interfering in its domestic affairs after he met with Juan Guaidó. What is France's response? A: France rejects the Venezuelan authorities' accusations against the French ambassador to Venezuela, which they expressed when he was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday in Caracas. The ambassador's presence, along with that of other European diplomatic heads, at the Caracas airport on (…) 2020-02-19 09:47:2755640_247134Venezuela - Meeting of Jean-Yves Le Drian with Juan Guaidó (24 Jan.2020) Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke on 24 January 2020 with Mr Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Acting President responsible for implementing an electoral process. During the conversation, the Minister reaffirmed France's support to Mr Guaidó following his re-election as President of the National Assembly on 5 January, despite intimidations aimed at obstructing the proper functioning of the election. The Minister highlighted the priority of (…) 2020-01-27 11:27:1155640_246588Venezuela – Q&A – from the press briefing (9 Jan. 2020) Q: Does France still consider Juan Guaidó to be the legitimate president of Venezuela? What is your position on the events at the Venezuelan Parliament on January 5? A: France applauds the reelection of Juan Guaidó as President of the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on January 5. For France, he therefore remains the interim president tasked with implementing a free and transparent election in Venezuela. France rejects the intimidation of deputies, journalists and (…) 2020-01-09 20:34:5555640_246209Venezuela - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (01.07.19) France strongly condemns the death of detained navy captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo on June 30. It calls for an independent investigation to shed all possible light on his death.2019-07-01 17:06:2655640_242989Statement by the International Contact Group on the latest developments in Venezuela (01.05.19) The International Contact Group (ICG) reaffirms its support for a political, peaceful, democratic and Venezuelan-owned solution to the crisis, in the framework of the country's Constitution. Current events confirm the necessity and urgency of such political solution. The crisis is worsening and aggravating the already dire humanitarian situation of the Venezuelan people. The International Contact Group firmly expresses its opposition to the use of force and calls for maximum restraint by (…) 2019-05-01 21:13:0555640_241913Venezuela (21.03.19) France utterly condemns the arrest, during the night of March 20 to 21, of lawyer Roberto Marrero, Chief of Staff of interim President Juan Guaido, by Venezuela's intelligence police, known as Sebin, and the violation of opposition lawmaker Sergio Vergara's parliamentary immunity.2019-03-25 11:28:0055640_241211Venezuela - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (28.02.19) Q – Is Interim President Juan Guaidó planning to come to France? And if not, will the French ambassador in Caracas go see him at the border? A – We have no information about any plans Mr. Guaidó might have to come to France. 2019-02-28 17:58:1155640_240787Joint Declaration on Venezuela (04.02.19) On January 26th, various Member States urged Mr. Nicolás Maduro to take the necessary legal steps for democratic presidential elections to be announced within 8 days. On that same day, the EU High Representative/Vice President issued a statement on behalf of the 28 EU Member States, also calling for the urgent holding of free, transparent and credible presidential elections and indicating that, in the absence of an announcement on the organization of fresh elections with the necessary (…) 2019-02-05 11:03:2355640_240250