France rejects blockade on Cuba and its extraterritoriality

Paris, Aug 12 (Prensa Latina) The French government ratified the need that the United States ends its blockade against Cuba and condemned the extraterritorial siege, a position Senator Michelle Greaume disclosed on Wednesday.

According to Greaume, who is also a parliamentarian of the Communist Party in northern France, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs set just a few days ago its rejection to the blockade, in response to its written June 11 question about the consequences of Washington’s hostility towards Cuba that Greaume described as ‘major player in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.’

The official reaction, issued on August 6, reflected that France and the European Union have repeatedly pointed out the need to end the blockade and Paris, also on several occasions, has condemned the extraterritorial laws that attack Cuba, particularly the activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.

Paris insisted on the illegal nature of that chapter (activated by President Donald Trump in May 2019) and the continuity of its efforts along with the European partners to counteract it with Council Regulation No. 2271/96.

France is determined to use the set of instruments at its disposal to strengthen the aforementioned Regulation, in order to protect the economic activities and legitimate investments of its citizens and companies in Cuba, Quai d’Orsay (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) warned in the document.

The text reminded that the siege is contrary to International Law and has global rejection, as evidenced by the resolutions adopted since 1992 by the UN General Assembly to request its lifting.

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