France says it will not ratify extradition treaty with Hong Kong


PARIS (Reuters) – France said on Monday it would not ratify a 2017 extradition treaty with Hong Kong after China introduced a controversial national security law for the global financial center.”In view of the latest developments, France will not proceed as it is with the ratification of the extradition agreement signed on May 4, 2017 between France and the special administrative region of Hong Kong”, indicates a statement from the French ministry Foreign Affairs.

He said the National Security Law for Hong Kong was “a change that undermines the framework inherited from the 1997 transfer to China” from British rule, and also challenged the “one country, two systems” principle, the respect for the “high degree of autonomy” and “related fundamental freedoms”.

New Zealand, Canada, Britain, Australia and Germany have already suspended extradition treaties with Hong Kong since the introduction of the security law in June.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Edited by Mark Heinrich

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