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Latest update : 2011-03-01

France’s new foreign minister, Alain Juppé, said Monday he wants to improve relations within the Mediterranean Union in the wake of uprisings in some of its Arab world members. Juppé also said he wanted to be prepared for "the rise of Africa".

AP - France’s new chief diplomat says he wants to improve ties with nations on the southern rim of the Mediterranean amid uprisings across North Africa and the Arab world that have caught Paris off guard.

Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says a top priority will be to “lay new a foundation” for the Mediterranean Union, a group of European and North African nations championed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Egypt’s now-deposed Hosni Mubarak.
 
Juppe formally took over Tuesday as foreign minister. His predecessor, Michele Alliot-Marie, resigned under criticism for her ties to Tunisia’s ousted autocratic regime.
 
Juppe also says he wants France to “be ready for the rise of Africa” and to “tighten strategic partnerships with emerging powers” such as China and Russia.

 

 

Date created : 2011-03-01

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