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France will not join boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics: Minister

France will not join a diplomatic boycott by other Western countries of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing, Education and Sports Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Thursday (Dec 9).

Dec 9, 2021: French President Emmanuel Macron says France will not be joining the U.S.-led diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Asked about a boycott announced by the United States, Australia, Britain and Canada, Blanquer told RMC radio and BFM television that France “won’t do it”.

“We need to be careful about the link between sports and politics,” Blanquer said during the interview.

“Sports is a world apart that needs to be protected from political interference. If not, things can get out of control and it could end up killing all of the competitions.”

He said that France would carry on condemning human rights violations in China.

Jul 22, 2021: In Xinjiang, China has built a detention centre that is twice as large as the Vatican City. It is for detaining the Uighur Muslims and can house up to 10,000 detainees. WION’s Palki takes you inside China’s biggest detention centre.

He will not travel to the Chinese capital, he said, but junior sports minister Roxana Maracineanu will represent the French government.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he was still seeking a common EU stance on the issue when asked about a possible boycott during a press conference at around the same time.

“When it comes to the issue of the diplomatic boycott, this question will be dealt with at the European level,” he told journalists.

Dec 9, 2021: China warns countries will ‘pay the price’ for Beijing Olympics boycott

China warned Western nations on Thursday they would “pay the price” for a diplomatic boycott.

Washington announced its boycott earlier in the week, saying it was prompted by widespread rights abuses by China and what it sees as a “genocide” against the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.


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