France summons Chinese envoy for insults and threats against French MPs

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France summons Chinese envoy for insults and threats against French MPs


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                Le ministère français des Affaires étrangères a convoqué l'ambassadeur de Chine pour des insultes et des menaces répétées contre les législateurs français et un chercheur et une décision de Pékin de sanctionner des responsables dans toute l'Union européenne. 
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                                    <p>"Les propos de l'ambassade de Chine en France et les actions contre les élus, chercheurs et diplomates européens sont inadmissibles", a écrit lundi le ministre des Affaires étrangères Jean-Yves Le Drian sur Twitter. "J'ai demandé que l'ambassadeur de Chine soit convoqué pour le lui rappeler fermement. de ces messages. "</p>                <div id="em-WBMZ75037-F24-EN-20210322" class="m-em-flash">
                    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Dans nos relations avec la Chine, il n’y a pas de place pour les insultes et les tentatives d’intimidation contre des élus de la République et des chercheurs. Nous défendons ceux qui incarnent la liberté d’expression et la démocratie. Toujours et partout. https://t.co/L4dVphH8lw</p>-Jean-Yves Le Drian (@JY_LeDrian) <a href="https://twitter.com/JY_LeDrian/status/1374070909775060993?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">22 mars 2021</a></blockquote> 
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<p>Les États-Unis, l'Union européenne, la Grande-Bretagne et le Canada ont imposé lundi des sanctions à des responsables chinois pour violations des droits de l'homme au Xinjiang, dans le cadre de la première action occidentale coordonnée de ce type contre Pékin sous la direction du nouveau président américain Joe Biden.

Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye had already been summoned by the French Foreign Ministry last April for messages and tweets from the Embassy defending Beijing’s response to the pandemic and criticizing the management of the epidemic by the West.

Lu, an envoy known for his aggressive and outspoken comments on the Embassy’s Twitter account, recently targeted several people, including Antoine Bondaz, a China specialist in the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) think tank. based in Paris.

From Friday, he ridiculed Bondaz as a “little thug,” a “mad hyena” and an “ideological troll” with “anti-Chinese” positions after complaining about Chinese pressure on French lawmakers in the process. hope to visit Taiwan.

The Foreign Ministry said it would remind Lu “of the basic rules set out in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations … the Embassy is asked to strictly abide by them.”

Earlier on Monday, the Chinese embassy said the EU sanctions were based on lies and disinformation, which was interference in China’s internal affairs. However, the embassy wrote in a Tweet that the ambassador would visit the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday to discuss EU sanctions and issues related to Taiwan.

France’s foreign ministry said it would also summon the ambassador to protest the Chinese foreign ministry’s decision to sanction several EU nationals, including French MEP Raphaël Glucksmann.

“It is not by attacking academic freedom, freedom of expression and fundamental democratic freedoms that China will respond to the legitimate concerns of the European Union, nor that it will promote dialogue with the 27” countries of the EU ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll told reporters at a daily briefing.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

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