Minister sets out defence priorities for French EU presidency in 2022
"It’s time for Europe to take responsibility for itself," says Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly in a speech to the National Assembly’s National Defence and Armed Forces Committee.
French and Russian leaders discuss Ukraine, Belarus and Caucasus
In a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron reaffirms his commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and voices determination to ensure fundamental rights are respected in Belarus.
France committed to rapid decarbonization of maritime transport
At the International Maritime Organization’s Assembly in London, Marine Affairs Minister Annick Girardin calls for regulatory measures to be effective and climate targets respected.
President launches initiative for human rights defenders around the world
Among other things, the Marianne initiative for human rights defenders will support people in various countries committed to defending fundamental rights and civil liberties.
EU imposes sanctions on Wagner Group
The Foreign Affairs Council also validates a legal framework for enabling sanctions to be implemented against Malians obstructing their country’s transition process.
Minister meets his new German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, in Paris
"I look forward to continuing with Annalena the relations of trust I had with her predecessor, Heiko Maas", says Jean-Yves Le Drian, in addition to statements on multilateralism, Beijing Olympics and Ukraine.
French Foreign Minister attends G7 in Liverpool
Jean-Yves Le Drian attends the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ summit in Liverpool from 10 to 12 December
G7 and EU call on Russia to de-escalate over Ukraine
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US and the High Representative of the European Union condemn Russia’s military build-up and aggressive rhetoric towards Ukraine.
Relations with the UK: excerpt from President Macron’s press conference
"Britain is a great nation, as well as a neighbour and friend. Our history, like our geography, can’t be changed."
President visits three Gulf countries
Emmanuel Macron and the leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar discuss regional and global challenges, including the climate, the COVID-19 pandemic and Iran’s nuclear programme.
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