View of Barcelona
11 October 2017

Spain's unity and constitutional order must be preserved

France's stance on the situation regarding Catalonia is clear: France sets great store by the unity and integrity of Spain, a friend and a country whose voice matters on the European stage.
The President of the Republic has underscored more than once over the past few weeks that the only person he recognises as able to do official business with is Mariano Rajoy. 
Without meddling in Spain's internal affairs, France nevertheless points out that the referendum organised in Catalonia is illegal in the eyes of the Spanish constitution: "there is a Rule of Law and the Catalan decision is in full breach of the Rule of Law in Spain," Emmanuel Macron said in a statement.
Portrait of Nathalie Loiseau
"We have no reason to think differently from the thinking outlined in the Spanish Constitution. We are Spain's partners and allies, and Spain is a great democracy"
Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs,
9 October 2017

It is not for France or Europe to engage in mediation: the French President has reiterated that he is unable, "as head of a neighbouring state and friend, to recognise the Spanish Prime Minister and the Catalan President on an equal footing," and notes that neither do the European institutions have the necessary powers to engage in mediation.
The Government has complete faith in the ability of Spanish democracy to hold composed political talks, in accordance with the Constitution.
Portrait of Edouard Philippe
"A solution to this situation will only be found through dialogue and political commitment (…). I am trusting that Madrid can resume, by consulting all of the political forces represented in Parliament – in line with the President of the Council's commitments –, this dialogue, without which there cannot be any lasting solution, in the interests of the unity and development of our friend, Spain."
Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister,
3 October 2017