News in France

  • French Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

    From 17 May to 27 November 2019, France will hold the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. France’s goal as Chair is to strengthen the Council of Europe’s main acquis, established after 70 years of victories and progress, and to keep supporting societal change in Europe through unity and innovation.

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  • Donate to Rebuild Notre-Dame

    How can I donate to the reconstruction of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris?

    Following the fire that devastated part of Notre-Dame cathedral, many initiatives have been set up to collect donations for the reconstruction. Four partners are working alongside the French government to enable everyone to contribute to the renaissance of this jewel..

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  • Second Paris Peace Forum, 11 – 13 November 2019

    After the first Paris Peace Forum in November 2018, this year’s event will be held from 11 to 13 November 2019, at the Grande Halle de La Villette, Paris.

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  • Female diplomats in France: from 1930 to tomorrow

    Gender equality has been declared the great cause of President Macron’s term. It is now at the centre of France’s work around the world. The credibility of this commitment depends on setting an example through (...)

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  • French G7 Presidency

    The Group of Seven (G7) comprises France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada.

    France took up its G7 Presidency in 2019 with the key theme of combating inequality. It is organizing several ministerial meetings as well as the G7 Summit which will bring together the Heads of State and Government from the seven countries in Biarritz from 24 to 26 August 2019.

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  • 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    Adopted in Paris on 10 December 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights created the foundation on which all the international mechanisms to defend human rights have been built. For France, this 70th anniversary is the opportunity to recall that human rights should be defended and strengthened everywhere in the world.

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  • Internet Governance Forum, Paris, 12-14 November 2018

    France will host the 13rd edition of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), with this year’s theme being “Internet of Trust”.
    This major event on the global governance of the Internet is organized by the French government, under the auspices of the United Nations. It will be held at UNESCO in Paris on 12-14 November 2018.

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  • The Paris Peace Forum: the first incubator focused on finding solutions to international issues

    With international tensions on the rise, it is becoming increasingly urgent to find solutions to global issues. Given this challenge, France is holding the first Paris Peace Forum from 11 to 13 November 2018. This forum aims to bring together global governance stakeholders with a view to bolstering multilateralism and collective action.

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  • Annual results: AFD’s commitments top the EUR 10bn mark in 2017

    Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group, presented on this 12 April 2018 the key figures for the public institution’s activity in 2017. With EUR 10.4bn of commitments, AFD is (...)

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  • France’s commitment to gender equality around the world

    Gender inequality continues to be an issue around the world, and has even worsened in some regions. To address this problem, France is enhancing the effectiveness and consistency of the gender actions in its development assistance and external action policies. Its third international strategy on gender equality for 2018-2022 is a steering tool that has been designed to coordinate actions over the next five years and improve the situation of women worldwide. This strategy reflects the French President’s international commitment to making gender equality the main focus of his term.

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