These comments were the latest development in the controversy over Huawei’s involvement, after several western countries banned the company from participating in their 5G networks for security reasons.
“Operators who do not use Huawei, we encourage them not to follow this path because it is a bit the natural way of things,” said Guillaume Poupard, the head of the French national cybersecurity agency ANSSI.
“For those who already use it, we issue permits that last between three and eight years,” he told Les Echos.
These restrictions will likely limit Huawei’s access to the French 5G network.
Huawei has invested billions of dollars in this technology, mainly competing with the Swedish Ericsson and the Finnish Nokia.
But the United States, Britain and other countries have said Huawei poses a security risk, especially since its founder Ren Zhengfei is a former engineer of the People’s Liberation Army.
Huawei has said it will withdraw from partnerships with all hostile countries and focus on collaborating with countries where they are welcome.