The Minister Delegate for Sports Roxana Maracineanu announced on Tuesday February 8 that she had tested positive for Covid-19 and was forced to cancel her trip to Beijing, scheduled for February 11 to 15, for the Winter Olympics.
Boycott of the Beijing Olympics: the (very) convoluted position of France
“I tested positive for Covid as part of the mandatory protocol before leaving for the Winter Olympics. I have a heavy heart not being able to go and support our athletes and tell them our consideration. My thoughts are with them. I continue my missions remotely »tweeted the minister.
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No diplomatic boycott
Maracineanu was the only member of the French government to go to the Beijing Winter Olympics (February 4 to 20). No French official attended the opening ceremony nor will attend the closing ceremony.
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The minister said on RMC on Monday that she intended to go to China ” without hesitation “. “Today we are in dialogue with countries around the world”she said. “It is clearly not a boycott, the President of the Republic spoke on the subject. We are in dialogue, we want to affirm France’s positions on all subjects vis-à-vis China.she added.
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