France calls for rights sanctions in EU recovery plan: FT Minister


FILE PHOTO: French Junior Minister for European Affairs Clément Beaune, wearing a protective mask, leaves after the last weekly cabinet meeting before the summer break, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 29, 2020. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier

(Reuters) – France will push for financial sanctions under the € 750 billion ($ 880 billion) European coronavirus recovery fund against states that violate basic human rights, said his little minister of European affairs at the Financial Times

“(We cannot tell) to French, Polish, Hungarian and European citizens that (we) can have financial solidarity in Europe without worrying about how the basic rules of democracy, media freedom and equal rights are respected, ”said Clément Beaune in an interview published on Sunday evening.

The European Union is struggling to respond to what many in Western Europe see as authoritarianism creeping on its eastern flank.

The European Commission, EU lawmakers and activists have said freedoms are particularly threatened in Poland and Hungary.

Beaune told the newspaper that the EU must be tougher on violations from these countries.

Report by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; edited by John Stonestreet

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