The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has not brought a stop to the activities of hackers and trolls bankrolled by various foreign governments, including Russia and China. In some cases hacking attacks have targeted institutions who are in the front line in the battle against the virus. Trolls meanwhile have been extolling the virtues of how authoritarian regimes have handled the health emergency. François Bougon and Matthieu Suc report.
A statement issued on the website of China's embassy in France warns that excluding Chinese tech giant Huawei from future French 5G telecoms contracts would be regarded as 'blatant discrimination' and 'disguised protectionism', in a riposte to US pressure to bar Huawei's involvement in the new fifth-generation wireless networks over fears of Chinese spying.
The beautiful châteaux of the Loire Valley in western France are a major attraction for visitors from China. But both individual Chinese tourists and those in groups are starting to suffer as a result of the fears provoked by the current coronavirus outbreak which began in mainland China. Jordan Pouille reports.
While a fourth case of coronavirus infection was diagnosed in France, the government has said the first flights repatriating French citizens from the centre of the outbreak, the Chinese city of Wuang, are due to arrive in Paris as of Friday, and all will be placed in a holding facility where they will be monitored over the 14-day incubation period.
France will later this week begin airlifting its nationals from Wuhan, the locked-down Chinese city at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak where an estimated 500 French expatriates live, after reaching agreement for the evacuation with the Chinese authorities, health minister Agnès Buzyn has announced.
During a three-day visit to China this week by French President Emmanuel Macron, France and China signed commercial deals in the fields of aeronautics, energy and agriculture worth a total of around 15 billion dollars, a Chinese government official has announced.
China has suspended all cooperation with France in police matters in retaliation for its granting of asylum to the wife of the former Chinese boss of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, who was tried in Tianjin in June on charges of accepting bribes after mysteriously disappearing from Interpol's French HQ in Lyon.
The Chinese president Xi Jinping, whose country is embroiled in a trade war with the United States, has threatened an embargo on Chinese exports of what are called rare earths. These metallic elements have become essential raw materials both for the technological transition to greener energy and in the digital world. And China has a near-monopoly on them. Mediapart's Martine Orange spoke about the issue with French expert Guillaume Pitron, author of a recent book on the growing global battle over these crucial elements.
Meng Hongwei, the Chinese head of the France-based international police organisation Interpol who disappeared after travelling to China last September, has admitted accepting more than 2 million dollars in bribes, according to a statement issued by a Chinese court in the north-east city of Tianjin.
Grace Meng, whose husband Meng Hongwei faces bribery charges in China, was given protection by French police after alleged abduction bid.
Grace Meng, the wife of Interpol boss Meng Hongwei, who disappeared without trace last September after travelling to China from Lyon, where the international police cooperation organisation is based, has been granted political asylum in France, along with the couple's two children.
The wife of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese boss of Interpol, the international police coordination body based in the south-east French city of Lyon, whose husband went missing after a visit to his home country in September, has applied for asylum in France and fears for the safety of herself and her children.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said France's call, along with other Western governments, for Beijing to release two Canadians arrested after Canada detained the chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei as 'strange' and 'very bad in the eyes of the Chinese people'.
The satellite, launched from China, will study ocean surface winds and waves around the clock and aims to help the better prediction of cyclones.