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07PARIS2321
2007-06-04 08:59:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Paris
Cable title:  

FRANCE ON THE PRESIDENT'S MAY 31 CLIMATE CHANGE

Tags:  SENV ECON CLMT ENRG FR 
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E.O. 12958: DECL:6/1/2017
TAGS: SENV ECON CLMT ENRG FR
SUBJECT: FRANCE ON THE PRESIDENT'S MAY 31 CLIMATE CHANGE
INITIATIVE

REF: STATE 74417

Classified by A/DCM Thomas J. White for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

C O N F I D E N T I A L PARIS 002321

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL:6/1/2017
TAGS: SENV ECON CLMT ENRG FR
SUBJECT: FRANCE ON THE PRESIDENT'S MAY 31 CLIMATE CHANGE
INITIATIVE

REF: STATE 74417

Classified by A/DCM Thomas J. White for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)


1. (C) The Ambassador raised the President's climate change
initiative with President Sarkozy's National Security Advisor
Jean-David Levitte on June 1. The Ambassador referred to public
encouragement from Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Blair,
and urged a statement of support from Sarkozy. In his May 6
victory speech Sarkozy had called for U.S. leadership on climate
change. President Bush had responded, and it would be important
to recognize the effort. Levitte said the call was timely as
President Sarkozy would study the initiative -- and other G8
issues -- over the weekend prior to a June 4 press conference to
preview Heiligendamm.


2. (C) Separately, Econ Counselor raised reftel points with
Acting MFA A/S-equivalent for Economic Affairs Jacques Maillard.
Maillard said that while President Sarkozy would articulate
France's position at the G8, there were several key issues from
the MFA's perspective. It would be important to clarify how the
initiative would relate to broader-based efforts within the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change. Specifically, U. S.
support for commitments at Bali at the end of the year would be
critical. The UNFCC should remain the central element of a
global response to climate change, other initiatives should be
supportive. Second, putting a price on carbon would allow the
market to realize its potential in bringing solutions to the
table. This would remain a central part of the puzzle in
France's view.


3. (C) Maillard noted that the proposed initiative -- and
remaining daylight with the EU -- posed PR challenges. Given
the media's tendency to see issues in black and white, the
European press would view any fuzziness in a final statement
bridging U.S. and European differences as a European climb-down.
But inability to articulate a common position would also be
viewed as a failure, given that climate change was clearly
becoming the headline issue.

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