Climate – United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement – Statement by Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (2 June 2017)
France is fully committed to the fight against climate disruption, in accordance with the guidelines set out by President Macron, following President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.
Along with my German counterpart, I have instructed our ambassadors in a number of countries that have an important role to play in implementing the Paris Agreement to take steps to ensure that this historic agreement is fully implemented.
I welcome the reaffirmation by many of our partners of their attachment to the agreement. The momentum generated in December 2015 toward achieving a low-carbon economy is now irreversible and must be intensified.
France will honor all of its commitments and will be even more ambitious. France is working on an action plan and on concrete initiatives, notably in Europe and Africa.
I reaffirm the need for solidarity in order to help the most vulnerable countries achieve sustainable development and deal with the consequences of natural disasters.
We are reaching out to the United States and will propose initiatives to key players who want to implement the Paris Agreement commitments. We will support all stakeholder groups arising from COP21 that bring together states, cities, citizens and companies in order to continue the fight against climate disruption all around the world.