France summons Chinese envoy for threats and insults

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France summons Chinese envoy for threats and insults


PARIS (Reuters) – The French Foreign Ministry has summoned the Chinese ambassador for repeated insults and threats against French lawmakers and a researcher, his spokesman said on Monday.

“After the multiplication of unacceptable comments made publicly by the Chinese Embassy in recent days, in particular in the form of insults and threats against parliamentarians and a French researcher, we recall the elementary rules enshrined in the Vienna Convention on relations diplomatic relations relating to the functioning of a foreign embassy, ​​in particular with regard to its public communication, ”Agnès von der Muhll told reporters during a daily briefing.

“The Embassy is urged to adhere strictly to it.”

Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye was previously summoned by the Foreign Ministry last April for messages and embassy tweets defending Beijing’s response to the pandemic and criticizing the West’s handling of the epidemic. . He is expected Tuesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Its embassy last week warned of French lawmakers meeting with officials on an upcoming visit to Taiwan, which drew a rebuff from the French Foreign Ministry.

Since then he has been in a Twitter face-to-face with Antoine Bondaz, a China expert at the Paris-based Foundation for Strategic Research, in which the embassy described him as a “little thug.”

The ministry said it was also summoning the ambassador to protest against the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s decision to sanction several European nationals, including members of the European Parliament and national parliaments, and in particular French MEP Raphaël Glucksmann, researchers and diplomats.

“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,” said von der Muhll.

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Giles Elgood

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