France pays tribute to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo
China – Death of Liu Xiaobo – Statement by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Paris, 13 July 2017
I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.
I hail the memory of this intellectual, whose peaceful commitment to promoting freedom, human rights and democracy will remain a legacy for future generations. Despite long periods of detention, for more than 30 years he never stopped courageously defending basic rights, and particularly the freedom of expression.
I offer my condolences to all his loved ones. France had repeatedly called for his release, and we hope that the Chinese authorities will guarantee freedom of movement for his wife, Ms Liu Xia, his family and his close friends.
Defending human rights is a French diplomatic priority worldwide. This issue is therefore part of our dialogue with China./.