French representatives will not turn their backs on the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Thursday, December 9, the Minister of Education and Sports, Jean-Michel Blanquer, indicated on RMC / BFMTV that France would not diplomatically boycott the competition, unlike the United States, Canada, Australia and the United States. UK. The latter denounce, among other things, the atrocities committed by China against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
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“France will not do it (…) but we will have messages that are politically clear ”, assured the minister. Jean-Michel Blanquer specified that he would not make the trip to Beijing in February but that the Minister for Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, and the Secretary of State for Disabled People, Sophie Cluzel, would go there.
“Sport is a world in itself which must be preserved as much as possible from political interference, otherwise it can go in any direction and we will end up killing all the competitions”, argued Jean-Michel Blanquer. “We must condemn the human rights violations in China, because there are some. It is necessary to know, when it comes to sports competitions, to have the appropriate and appropriate attitude ”, added the Minister of Sports.
Towards a European position?
A position markedly different from that of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian. “We are in favor of there being a common position of which we will measure all the issues at the next meeting of foreign ministers or the next, but this question must be dealt with as Europeans”, he said almost at the same time.
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Tuesday, December 7, the Elysee had indicated to have “Taken good note” of the announcement by Washington of a diplomatic boycott, and specified that France was “Coordinate” with the other countries of the European Union on this issue in order to decide whether or not to follow suit with the United States.
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The United States, along with Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada have decided to send athletes to the Games but not officials, accusing China of trampling on human rights. Beijing has warned that countries that will not send official officials to “Will pay the price”.