France supports the enhancement of the relations between Azerbaijan and EU and the signing of a new strategic partnership agreement between the sides, said Florans Manjen, Director of Continental Europe Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France. She made the remarks during a meeting with Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov in Baku April 26, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said. Citing the successful cooperation in energy field between the two countries Minister Mammadyarov said that there are favorable opportunities in other areas for French companies as well. The minister put an emphasis on works related to TAP project, as well as North-South and East-West corridors and prospects of these projects.
Marine le Pen, the Front National Candidate for the next presidential election, has been to Ciad for a state visit. A very important issue has been discussed on her tour in Ciad: the immigration. Le Pen had always made clear, in her political programme and durigntvdebats, that the immigration it is a problem which need to be stopped. In a statement she declared that she wants to create a new relationship based on respect, sincerity and reciprocal cooperation, it means that France is going to help Cameroun and Ciad trough the development and that It will continue to have a massive military presence in African territory. Another reason why Le pen has been in Ciad is her will to continue the fight against Boko Haram, the terrorist group is particulary active in the lake Ciad zone because of the water source, which is fundamental to control. Mali and Niger governments are asking for more military support from France to face the jihadist group, especially for the Sahel zone (northern Mali).
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have said Turkey should obey French and German laws in campaign rallies for the upcoming referendum on shifting to an executive presidential system. Hollande said on March 16 that he agreed with Merkel that future events organized in the two countries for the Turkish referendum campaign could take place “provided they adhere to French and German laws”. Germany banned several planned rallies by Turkish ministers, triggering a diplomatic spat between the two countries, with Turkish President RecepTayyipErdoğandescribing the bans as “fascist”. He has also decried the Dutch authorities as “Nazi” for blocking a Turkish minister’s meeting last weekend.
Armenia shouldn’t avoid negotiations on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani President IlhamAliyev said in a joint press statement with French President Francois Hollande. Aliyev noted that France, as the co-chair country of the OSCE Minsk Group, is making efforts to settle the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Speaking about the bilateral agenda, the president said it is very extensive and he added that Azerbaijan and France very actively cooperate in other spheres as well.
Azerbaijan an and France maintain good relations in many fields, especially in political area, said President of France Francois Hollande. “We are aware of Azerbaijan’s role in talks with all partner countries in and beyond the region. Our only goal is peace. We are looking for peace against terrorism that we face today and that threatens not only the region, but the entire world”, Hollande said after talks with Azerbaijani President IlhamAliyev in Paris. He also highlighted the development of relations in economic area. Hollande pointed out that many French companies are operating in Azerbaijan. He hailed the talks between the Azerbaijani president and MEDEF companies as productive.
Nice is the umpteenth terrorist attack in France. This Islamist offensive concerns all Europe. Within Paris attacks on January and November 2015, about 230 people were killed in the last one year and half. So, it’s indispensable to clarify why France became an ISIS recurring target and observe the French military interventionism.
Excepting Iraq and Syria, France conducted its military operations in Africa in the last five years: Libya, Mali, Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Central African Republic. Colonialist past produce an effect on Hollande current foreign policy. 19,000 soldiers in all external operations, 10,000 troops in internal one (Operation Sentinel): nearly 30,000 French troops are active against terrorism and in several crisis contexts.
Air-bombs on Syria were the reaction after November 2015. At the same time, terrorist actions between January 2015 and July 2016 are not only an Islamist reaction headed by Daesh top brass. They hide a deep-rooted conflict which begins during the Postcolonialism in the 1950s.
Indeed, after the Second World War, a lot of French operations took place in Middle East and in former African colonies as Benin, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Guinea or Djibouti. OAS (Organisation de l’armée secrète), PLF (Palestinian Liberation Front), Hezbollah, Armed Islamic Group of Algeria, ISIS: about 320 people killed by terrorism since 1950s.
Algerian question, Israel-Palestine conflict, French integration policy, Postcolonialism strategy are the most important reason of several terrorism attacks until 2000s. Now, the last two causes are interconnected with ISIS issue.
So, the fundamentalism becomes a social revenge of socially excluded young Muslims, how Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron told Canal Plus television after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris: “Exclusion is a fact of life in France. I am not saying that this explains or excuses what has happened, but those young people who have been radicalized … often have no more faith in society.”