On May 13, the Center on the U.S. and Europe at Brookings hosted French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for an address on France’s foreign policy and the role of the transatlantic partnership in an increasingly unstable global environment. In his remarks, Foreign Minister Fabius offered perspectives on how France and the United States can work together to address a range of critical challenges, including the crisis with Russia over Ukraine, ongoing conflicts and tension in the Middle East and Africa, paving the way for an agreement on climate change in 2015 and sustaining economic recovery.
Laurent Fabius was appointed as French minister of foreign affairs in 2012. He is the former prime minister of France (1984-1986), and has held positions as the minister for the economy, finance and industry (2000-2002) and president of the National Assembly (1988-1992/2000-2002). The author of six books, Fabius is a specialist in economic and financial issues, European affairs and international relations.
Brookings President Strobe Talbott introduced Minister Fabius. Brookings Fellow Jeremy Shapiro moderated a question and answer session at the conclusion of the minister’s remarks.
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