About: Jean-Yves Le Drian

Europe's East 18-11-2021

Russia publishes Ukraine-related diplomatic correspondence with France, Germany

The Russian foreign ministry published on Wednesday (17 November) a number of diplomatic letters it exchanged with Germany and France to try to show that its diplomatic stance on talks over east Ukraine has been misrepresented.
Global Europe 21-09-2021

France eyes momentum at UN on Iran nuclear deal talks

France's top diplomat said Monday (20 September) that he hoped a meeting of foreign ministers in New York this week would build positive momentum towards kick-starting stalled talks over the Iran nuclear deal.
Global Europe 21-09-2021

EU backs France in submarine dispute, asking: Is America back?

European Union foreign ministers expressed support and solidarity with France on Monday (20 September) during a meeting in New York to discuss Australia's scrapping of a $40 billion submarine order with Paris in favor of a US and British deal.
Global Europe 17-09-2021

France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal

France accused US President Joe Biden on Thursday (16 September) of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a historic defence export contract to supply Australia with submarines.
Global Europe 13-07-2021

EU wants Lebanese sanctions regime framework by end July

The European Union said on Monday (12 July) it wanted to agree by the end of July the legal framework for a sanctions regime targeting Lebanese leaders, but cautioned that the measure would not be immediately implemented.

African countries deem EU carbon border levy ‘protectionist’

Some African countries consider the EU's planned carbon border levy to be "protectionist". That was the upshot of a conference organised by the French government on Tuesday (23 March), which examined the challenges posed by the EU's upcoming mechanism. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 04-03-2021

Turkey has stopped insulting us but action still needed, France says

Turkey has stopped insulting France and the European Union, providing some reassurance, but ties will remain fragile until it takes concrete action, France's foreign minister said.

Europe to meet US on Iran as nuclear deadline looms

Top diplomats from European powers and the United States will hold talks on Thursday (18 February) to see how to revive the 2015 deal on Iran's nuclear drive, days ahead of a deadline set by Tehran.
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2021

France suggests pause on ‘poisonous’ US-EU trade standoff

The European Union and the US should "pause" a long-running tariff disagreement to allow the issue to be resolved, France's foreign minister suggested Sunday (17 January).
Brexit 04-12-2020

Margin for compromise limited as Brexit talks go down to wire

European diplomats warned Thursday (3 December) they have made all the concessions they can in trade talks with Britain, as Downing Street vowed to press ahead with a UK law that could undermine Brussels' remaining trust in London.
Non-discrimination 23-11-2020

France’s ‘feminist diplomacy’: lots of talk, little action

The term 'feminist diplomacy' used by France since 2018 remains unclear, according to a report by the country's High Council on Gender Equality presented to the government on 18 November. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 23-11-2020

France says Turkey’s ‘soothing declarations’ not good enough

France said Sunday (22 November) it expects Turkey to de-escalate international tension with actions instead of words ahead of an EU decision on possible further sanctions against Ankara.
Global Europe 16-10-2020

France and Germany tell Turkey to stop provocations

France and Germany accused Turkey on Thursday (15 October) of continuing to provoke the European Union with its actions in the eastern Mediterranean, and urged it to clarify its positions in the coming weeks.
Azerbaijan 08-10-2020

Half Karabakh population displaced as mediators set for Geneva talks

Clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces have displaced half of the population of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, an official said on Wednesday (7 October) as international mediators were set to hold their first meeting in Geneva.
Global Europe 04-09-2020

France leads criticism of US ‘attack’ on ICC

France led criticism of US sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Thursday (3 September), saying Washington had launched a "serious attack" on the global body.
Brexit 31-08-2020

‘Unrealistic’ UK has caused post-Brexit trade impasse, says France

Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and the UK have stalled "because of the UK's uncompromising and, to be frank, unrealistic attitude" France’s Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned on Monday (31 August).
Global Europe 20-04-2020

France says virus exacerbating global diplomatic rift

The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating diplomatic "fractures", heightening US-China rivalry and weakening multilateralism, France's foreign minister said in an interview published on Monday (20 April).
Global Europe 11-01-2020

EU willing to maintain Iran nuclear deal, risking rift with the US

With the prospects of a potential US-Iran war fading, EU foreign minister during an emergency session on Friday (10 January), said they are willing to maintain the Iran nuclear deal as long as Tehran fulfils its commitments in order to achieve it.
Global Europe 06-01-2020

Europeans brace for fallout from Soleimani killing

Fearing the fallout from the killing of Iran's General Soleimani, Europeans on Sunday (5 January) called to de-escalate the crisis which threatens to collapse the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and puts NATO's training mission in Iraq in jeopardy.
Politics 26-08-2019

Iran’s Zarif makes surprise visit to G7 summit

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif flew into Biarritz in southwestern France for the G7 summit on Sunday (25 August) in a surprise attempt to break a diplomatic deadlock over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.
Global Europe 24-07-2019

France, Italy, Denmark back European-led naval mission for Hormuz

France, Italy and Denmark gave initial support for a British plan for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, proposed after Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker, three senior EU diplomats said on Tuesday (23 July).

EU, France, Germany and UK urge Iran to reverse uranium decision

The diplomatic chiefs of the EU, France, Germany and Britain said Tuesday (2 July) they were "extremely concerned" and urged Iran to reverse its decision to breach a limit on enriched uranium reserves under a 2015 nuclear deal.
Global Europe 14-05-2019

Europe rejects US escalation strategy against Iran

Europe on Monday (13 May) urged the US not to further escalate tensions over the Iran nuclear deal, with Britain issuing a stark warning of the risk of conflict erupting "by accident" in the Gulf.
China 29-04-2019

China puts gentler face on Belt and Road, hits back at critics

China sought to put a gentler face on its massive plan to recreate the old Silk Road at a summit that ended on Saturday (27 April), saying it must do more to explain the programme and boost sustainability even as state media hit back at critics.