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U.S. climate decision 'shameful' – ex-head of COP21 accord

Jun 02, 2017 - 3:41 PM

France s Laurent Fabius says US President Donald Trump will never destroy the Paris accord which was the best compromise possible

French environment minister to head UN climate forum

Feb 18, 2016 - 11:15 AM

The former head of COP21 Laurent Fabius was pressured to relinquish the job after he stepped down as foreign minister and was named to head France s constitutional court

In this photo, French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal leaves the Elysee Palace after the 2016 first cabinet meeting in Paris, France, January 4, 2016. Etienne Laurent/EPA

With last flourish, veteran French politician Fabius bows out

Feb 11, 2016 - 6:35 AM

His departure comes after President Francois Hollande nominated him to head France s prestigious Constitutional Court

GRAND EXIT. In this file photo, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius exits the Indaba of Solutions session during the UN climate change conference in Le Bourget, France, December 11, 2015. Photo courtesy COP21

Paris demands 'immediate' release of French, British journalists in Burundi

Jan 29, 2016 - 7:15 PM

French journalist Jean Philippe Remy and British photographer Philip Moore were arrested while reporting in the volatile central African nation

DEFIANCE. Protestors raise their hands behind a barricade during a demonstration in the Musaga neighborhood of Bujumbura on May 18, 2015. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

PH after Paris Agreement adoption: Tired but victorious

Dec 13, 2015 - 10:36 AM

The decision ends weeks of gruelling negotiations for the Philippine delegation

DEAL FOR PH. Minutes after deciding to adopt the final draft Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Philippine delegation poses for a photo. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

#COP21: Nations agree on historic global climate pact

Dec 13, 2015 - 2:28 AM

UPDATED Negotiators from 195 parties formally adopt a global climate pact that aims to curb global warming and avert a planet wide disaster

DEAL DONE. Foreign Affairs Minister and President-designate of COP21 Laurent Fabius (C), raises hands with Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon (2-L) and France's President Francois Hollande (R) after adoption of a historic global warming pact at the COP21 Climate Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, on December 12, 2015. Francois Guillot/AFP

Indonesia steps up commitment to fight climate change at #COP21

Dec 12, 2015 - 11:02 PM

We are confident that in due time we can develop the alternative energies that are abundant in Indonesia and also restore the degraded land and coastal areas

A general view of the Comité de Paris plenary session at the UN climate change conference, Paris, France, December 12, 2015. Photo courtesy COP21

#COP21: Historic global climate pact in sight

Dec 12, 2015 - 8:10 PM

UPDATED French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius: Today we are close to the final outcome

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius delivers a speech at the Comité de Paris plenary session during the UN climate change conference in Le Bourget, France, December 12, 2015. Framegrab from UNFCCC

#COP21: A peek inside ‘indaba’ meetings of Paris climate talks

Dec 12, 2015 - 3:15 PM

The French hosts of the UN climate talks are using a South African practice of meeting to forge the world s global action plan

GATHERING. Members of delegations watch the indaba on the morning of Friday, December 11, from the rooms for party overflow. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

#COP21: 'Make final decisions for humanity'

Dec 11, 2015 - 8:39 PM

UPDATED UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon: This is not a moment of talking about national perspective Good global solutions will help good local solutions

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (bottom left) and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (bottom right) face the media during a press briefing at the COP21 climate change conference in Le Bourget, France, December 11, 2015. Photo courtesy COP21

#COP21: UN climate talks extended by one day

Dec 11, 2015 - 1:14 PM

A final draft of the pact will be presented on the morning of December 12 and a decision would be out the same day

EXTENDED TALKS. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius leads efforts of countries to forge a global climate deal. File photo from official COP21 Flickr

#COP21: Climate talks head into long, final stretch

Dec 11, 2015 - 4:55 AM

UPDATED A new draft text signals another sleepless night for negotiators assembled in Paris in hopes of finally nailing down a universal legally binding climate pact

EXIT. Delegates exit the La Seine plenary hall at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Le Bourget, France, December 9 2015. Photo courtesy COP21

As clock ticks, UN climate talks go into overdrive

Dec 10, 2015 - 11:37 PM

Many sticking points remain among them climate finance and the warming limit as host nation France aims to finish the talks on time

'Emerging compromises' in draft UN climate deal

Dec 09, 2015 - 10:45 PM

UPDATED French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the 29 page document reveals emerging compromises on the way to a historic universal climate deal

DEAL – OR NO DEAL? The draft text of the Paris agreement is shown being read by a participant at the Comité de Paris meeting during the COP21 climate change conference in Le Bourget, France, December 9, 2015. Photo by Benjamin Géminel/COP21

#COP21: 5 days to forge world’s climate action plan

Dec 07, 2015 - 9:26 PM

At 21 pages the draft of the world s climate change agreement is on track to be finalized by December 11 but many sticky issues remain unresolved

FINAL WEEK. Ministers and negotiators attend a high-level meeting that opens the last and most crucial week of the UN climate conference in Paris or COP21. Screenshot from webcast

Climate talks: Host France seeks faster progress

Dec 02, 2015 - 11:14 PM

My message is clear: we must accelerate the process because there is still a lot of work to do says France s top diplomat

CLIMATE CHANGE. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius urges negotiators to finish the shop. File photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP Photo

Climate summit: 'considerable task ahead', says France

Nov 10, 2015 - 9:39 PM

UPDATED UN climate chief Christiana Figueres: It continues to be entirely possible to come to an agreement despite all the challenges in front of us

CLIMATE TALKS. An illustration picture taken on July 5, 2015 in Paris, shows a mini Eiffel Tower replica set among ox-eye daisies, ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21). Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

'Life on planet at stake,' France warns as climate ministers meet

Nov 09, 2015 - 12:49 AM

A global deal to prevent worst case scenario warming is meant to be inked by ministers at the end of a November 30 December 11 Conference of Parties COP21 in Paris

An illustration picture taken on July 5, 2015 in Paris, shows a mini Eiffel Tower replica set among ox-eye daisies, ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21 / CMP 11) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET

Ministers seek convergence on climate rescue pact

Nov 08, 2015 - 11:55 AM

The 3 day gathering comes days after the UN issued a fresh warning that current carbon cutting pledges go nowhere near far enough to prevent dangerous levels of global warming

GETTING WARMER. A picture taken on November 4, 2015 shows a small globe above a fire to illustrate global warming. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

US arrest warrant for French minister's son over bad checks

Oct 30, 2015 - 8:53 AM

Thomas Fabius wrote bad checks totaling more than 3 5 million to cover gambling debts the night of May 15 2012 according to the arrest warrant

THOMAS FABIUS. This file photo taken on June 1, 2011 shows Thomas Fabius, the son of former French prime minister Laurent Fabius, arriving at the Paris courthouse. File Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Climate diplomats regroup after rocky start to key talks

Oct 20, 2015 - 9:00 PM

The discussions took a detour Monday when developing countries claimed their core demands had been summarily excised from a blueprint

CLIMATE TALKS. A French stall advertising the upcoming climate summit in Paris, pictured at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, October 20, 2015. The UN climate change conference in Bonn is in preparation for the climate summit in Paris from 30 November until 11 December. Photo by Oliver Berg/EPA

France's Fabius urges stragglers to publish emissions data

Oct 05, 2015 - 12:55 AM

I invite all countries who have not yet submitted their contribution notably the large scale contributors to do so as soon as possible says French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

OPENING CEREMONY. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius attends the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change opening ceremony in Bonn, western Germany, on June 1, 2015. File photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

World leaders must 'accelerate' climate talks – UN chief

Aug 27, 2015 - 9:35 AM

Ban Ki moon: We don t have much time There remain less than 100 days before the final negotiations

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left at lectern) addresses the annual gathering of French Ambassadors from around the world on the issue of climate change ahead of COP 21, which will take place in Paris in December. Pictured looking on: Laurent Fabius (centre), Minister for Foreign Affairs of France; and Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of State for the Environment of Peru.  26 August 2015, Paris, France. Evan Schneider/UN Photo

French diplomat signals climate 'breakthrough'

Jul 22, 2015 - 8:55 AM

Top diplomats representing all regional blocs agree to a review every 5 years of collective carbon cutting impacts once the agreement kicks in

CONSCIOUSNESS SUMMIT. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan delivers a speech during the opening of the Consciousness Summit in Paris, France, July 21, 2015. Etienne Laurent/Pool/EPA

Time to compromise for climate – French FM

Jul 21, 2015 - 10:11 AM

Laurent Fabius urges countries to narrow the gap on two issues in particular starting with the level of ambition – meaning the scale of carbon emissions curbs

TALKING CLIMATE. Founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) Laurence Tubiana (L) sits next to French Foreign Minister and President of the COP21 Laurent Fabius (R) who received about fourty countries for 'informal ministerial votes, in Paris on July 20, 2015. Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Israel PM rejects 'dictates' as French FM visits

Jun 22, 2015 - 9:28 AM

Netanyahu hits out at international diplomatic efforts to impose proposals which he says neglected to address vital Israeli security concerns

VISITING JERUSALEM. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) hold a joint press conference at the Israeli Prime minister's office in Jerusalem, June 21, 2015. Thomas Coex/Pool/EPA

Russia says 'very worrying' slowdown in Iran nuclear talks

Jun 13, 2015 - 9:29 AM

This is very worrying to us because there is very little time before the deadline and we urgently need to enter the final stage says Russia s negotiator Sergei Ryabkov

SLOWDOWN IN PROGRESS. US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (L) next to other delegate during talks between the P5+1 group and Iran at Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria, 12 June 2015. Talks among officials from Iran and the group of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany on curbing Iran's controversial nuclear program resumed in Vienna on June 10. Photo by Herbert Neubauer/EPA

G7 countries told: act on climate change

Jun 07, 2015 - 10:58 AM

A day ahead of the G7 summit of world leaders French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the leaders should commit to decarbonization and a dramatic decrease in greenhouse gases

'HEAD' SHOTS. Ballons bearing the faces of the G7 members showing (L-R) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama in Munich Germany, June 5, 2015. Armin Weigel/EPA

Climate: France hikes pressure in 'pre-agreement' call

Jun 01, 2015 - 9:33 PM

UPDATED French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned against temptations to leave a breakthrough for the very end a problem that has bedeviled climate negotiations for over two decades

OPENING CEREMONY. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius attends the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opening ceremony in Bonn, western Germany, on June 1, 2015. Patrik Stollarz/AFP Photo

'No right to fail' on climate change, warns France's Fabius

May 18, 2015 - 9:44 PM

We must commit ourselves very resolutely because there isn t an alternative solution for the simple reason that there isn t an alternative planet says the French foreign minister

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'Grave concern' about Ukraine fighting at 4-way talks

Apr 14, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Foreign ministers from Russia Ukraine France and Germany gather to assess progress in the truce deal agreed in February between the Ukraine government and pro Russian rebels

BERLIN MEETING. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pose for a group photo as they attend a meeting to examine the implementation of the Minsk peace accords at Villa Borsig in Berlin, Germany, April 13, 2015. Clemens Bilan/Pool/EPA

Four-way talks on Ukraine to be held in Berlin April 13

Apr 09, 2015 - 8:49 AM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the focus of the upcoming talks should be the deployment of a peacekeeping mission to monitor the country s fragile truce

In this file photo, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, (2-L), points as he, welcomes his counterparts from France, Laurent Fabius (R), Russia, Sergei Lavrov (L), and Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin (2-R), in Berlin, Germany, 12 January 2015 for a meeting on the situation in Ukraine. Michael Sohn/Pool/EPA

Iran says 'seize the moment' as talks hit final stretch

Apr 02, 2015 - 8:52 AM

UPDATED Iran s foreign minister says his country had shown it wants an entente with the world but it will not accept submitting to force and excessive demands

In this file photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry, (L), speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, (R), as they walk in the city of Geneva, Switzerland, 14 January 2015, during a bilateral meeting. Martial Trezzini/EPA

US, Iran warn 'tough' choices needed for nuclear deal

Mar 28, 2015 - 9:35 AM

No we are not [close] But we are making progress The work is very complicated and difficult says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

'MAKING PROGRESS.' US Secretary of State John Kerry, (2-R), walks outside during a break after a bilateral meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, (2-L), for a new round of Nuclear Iran Talks, in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 27, 2015. Photo by Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

France summons Indonesia ambassador over death row citizen

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:21 AM

Serge Atlaoui a father of 4 was arrested near Jakarta in 2005 in a secret laboratory producing ecstasy He was sentenced to death in 2007

EXECUTION. An Indonesian police car leads ambulances carrying 5 bodies of prisoners out of Wijayapura port as they arrived from Nusakambangan Island prison complex, after their execution under the death row for drug trafficking on January 18, 2015. Photo by EPA

Deadlocked Iran nuclear talks enter cliffhanger final weekend

Nov 22, 2014 - 11:47 AM

Gaps remain wide in the negotiations for a historic deal in which Iran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for broad relief from years of heavy international economic sanctions

WIDE GAPS. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (2-L), the European Union's negotiator Catherine Ashton (C) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) sit at a conference table prior to their talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran in Vienna, Austria, November 21, 2014. Photo by Hans Punz/EPA

World powers warn of 'serious gaps' in Iran talks

Sep 27, 2014 - 12:13 PM

It remains our fervent hope that Iran and the P5 1 can in the next weeks come to an agreement that would benefit the world says US Secretary of State John Kerry

EIGHT MORE WEEKS. US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and EU High Representative Lady Catherine Ashton on September 26, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

French FM: 'no significant progress' in Iran nuclear talks

Sep 26, 2014 - 11:17 PM

Negotiators from the so called P5 1 opens a new round of talks with only two months left to reach a deal on Tehran s nuclear program

NUCLEAR PROGRAM. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius joins the discussion on curbing Iran's nuclear program. Photo from EPA

UN told: ISIS is threat to Southeast Asia

Sep 20, 2014 - 9:39 AM

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says actions of ISIS leave no doubt of the severity of the threat to the region and the wider world

Ex-banker new French economy minister in 'last chance' reshuffle

Aug 27, 2014 - 10:36 AM

In a clear break with the left flank of his ruling Socialists Hollande caught everyone off guard with the appointment of Emmanuel Macron a 36 year old ex Rothschild banker and architect of the president s economic policy

NEW ECONOMY MINISTER. A file picture taken on March 26, 2014 shows Emmanuel Macron after a meeting with the French President, in Paris. Alain Jocard/AFP

'Some progress' in difficult Ukraine, Russia talks – Germany

Aug 18, 2014 - 9:54 AM

Germany s Steinmeier: Difficult talks but I think and I hope that we have made some progress on certain points

MEETING IN BERLIN. Foreign Ministers Laurent Fabius of France (L-R), Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, and Sergei Lavrov of Russia meet to confer about the situation in Ukraine in Berlin, Germany, 17 August 2014. Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

Rebels down warplane ahead of Russia, Ukraine meeting

Aug 17, 2014 - 1:03 PM

UPDATED Germany meanwhile demands that Moscow clarify boasts by a rebel leader in the besieged city that he had recently received hundreds of fighters trained in Russia to bolster the flagging rebellion

An Ukrainian soldier stands near a destroyed petrol station near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debalcevo, in Ukraine, 16 August 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Iraq PM to sue president, security forces deploy across Baghdad

Aug 11, 2014 - 8:01 AM

Nur al Maliki alleges that Iraq s newly elected president Kurdish veteran Fuad Masum has violated the constitution twice essentially by failing to designate him as the prime minister

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in a press conference in Baghdad, January 13, 2014. Ahmed Saad/Pool/AFP

France: Israel security does not justify 'slaughter of civilians'

Aug 04, 2014 - 6:43 PM

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius: How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?

SEARCH. Palestinians search the debris of a house destroyed by an Israeli airstrike for survivors in the Beach refugee camp, northern Gaza City, 04 August 2014. Oliver Weiken/EPA

Hamas asks for new truce as Israel resumes Gaza assault

Jul 27, 2014 - 3:45 PM

UPDATED The moves came after world powers met in Paris to mull ways of ending 20 days of bloodshed raging in and around Gaza which has claimed the lives of more than 1 000 Palestinians and 46 people in Israel

AMID THE LULL. Palestinians children wait to fill plastic bottles and water containers with drinking water from a public tap in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip on July 27, 2014. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Israel extends Gaza truce, but Hamas resumes rocket fire

Jul 27, 2014 - 9:40 AM

UPDATED Israel s unilateral decision to continue the ceasefire signaled a pause in its assault on Gaza which since July 8 has killed more than 1 000 Palestinians Over the same period 42 Israeli soldiers deployed into Gaza have been killed

WHAT NOW? Palestinian men look at destroyed houses during a short period of ceasefire in Shejaiya neighborhood in east Gaza City, 26 July 2014. Oliver Weiken/EPA

Diplomats in Paris call for extension to 12-hour Gaza truce

Jul 26, 2014 - 9:12 PM

The 19 day Israeli offensive on Hamas ruled Gaza is in response to rockets fired by militants of the Islamist group into the Jewish state

TRUCE TALKS. US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) speaks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier behind French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius (2nd L) prior to a meeting to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014 in Paris. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Gaza toll passes 300 as UN's Ban heads to region

Jul 19, 2014 - 10:52 AM

2nd UPDATE Israel s ground incursion launched on the 10th day of an operation to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza has killed dozens and forced thousands of people to flee

Ministers fail to broker Iran talks breakthrough

Jul 14, 2014 - 9:23 AM

The sought after accord is aimed at killing off once and for all worries that Iran might develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian program and silence talk of war

IRAN ON THEIR MINDS. US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) during the nuclear talks on Iran in Vienna, Austria, 13 July 2014. Hans Punz/EPA

Top envoys urge new Ukraine truce talks as battles rage

Jul 03, 2014 - 8:10 AM

The latest clashes came after Ukraine s President Petro Poroshenko ripped up a 10 day truce which Kiev says the insurgents broke over 100 times at the cost of 30 lives

SECURITY ZONE. The checkpoint at the frontline between Ukrainian and Donetsk Peoples Republic forces in Karlovka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, 02 July 2014. Stringer/EPA