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France says no diplomatic boycott for Beijing Olympics

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An employee holds a safety Olympic flame lantern for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, during the flame exhibition visiting ceremony at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in Beijing, China December 9, 2021. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

December 9, 2021

PARIS (Reuters) – France will not boycott the Beijing Olympics, French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Thursday.

“For a diplomatic boycott… France won’t do it… Sport itself is a world that must be protected from political interference, or else… we might end up killing ourselves. kill the opponent,” Blanquer said on BFM TV.

He said human rights abuses in China must be condemned, but added that Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu would attend the Beijing Olympics. Paris will host the Summer Olympics in 2024.

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten, Edited by GV De Clercq and Alison Williams)

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