Congressmen call for France´s firm stance against US blockade

Paris, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) French parliamentary leaders André Chassaigne and Éric Coquerel on Saturday called for the Government respond firmly to the extraterritoriality of the U.S. blockade imposed on Cuba, a policy that also affects France´s interests.

In statements to Prensa Latina, the President of the France-Cuba Friendship Group of the National Assembly and communist leader Chassaigne considered unacceptable the subordination to Washington’s measure which with laws such as Helms-Burton is keeping French companies and banks away from Cuba.

It cannot be allowed that banks do not make operations with Cuba nor accompany our businessmen who have links with the country, which seems to me to bend our head down to the United States, Chassaigne warned.

According to Chassaigne, it is not only a matter of condemning the blockade for its damage to the Cuban people, but also for the consequences it represents for the interests of France.

If companies go to Cuba to do business and invest, as several have done in recent years, their population benefits, but at the same time our economy wins, he added.

Coquerel, member of France Insoumise party, said that confronting U.S. extraterritoriality is a question of courage.

France and the European Union (EU) vote in favor of the resolutions at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, a position they should be consistent, instead of showing weakness, Coquerel told Prensa Latina.

There is potential in commercial relations with Cuba, which Coquerel described as logical given the condition of France, which has overseas territories in the American continent.

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