France summons Chinese envoy after comments on coronavirus management

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PARIS – French Foreign Minister summoned the Chinese envoy on Tuesday after the embassy posted a second article on his website criticizing Western management of the coronavirus crisis.

“Some opinions expressed publicly by representatives of the Chinese embassy in France do not conform to the quality of bilateral relations between our two countries,” said Jean-Yves Le Drian in a press release issued by his ministry.

The latest comments on the embassy’s website, which in part suggested that Western countries had let their retirees die in retirement homes, come after France ordered millions of masks from China to reduce a shortage in the country.

(Reporting by John Irish; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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