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French President says he will not attend Sochi Olympics
Dec16

French President says he will not attend Sochi Olympics

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 16 December 2013 11:54 Written by // Cec Busby

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has announced neither he nor President Francois Hollande will attend the winter Olympics in Sochi.

France’s France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has announced neither he nor President Francois Hollande will attend the winter Olympics in Sochi. Whilst emphasising this was not a boycott of the games, neither Fabius nor Hollande would comment on their reasons for not attending.
Hollande has become the first world leader to announce he will not attend the Olympics.
Fabius told Yahoo Sports “top French officials have no plans to be there”.
Many athletes and LGBTI advocates have called for a boycott of the Sochi Olympics following the country’s implementation of draconian anti-gay laws.
Russian government has assured the International Olympic Committee that the legislation will not affect those attending the games.
The comment conflicts with statements from many Russian ministers who have said the laws will be enforced during the Olympics and tourists and athletes who flout the law will be arrested, face jail time and deportation.France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that neither he nor President Francois Hollande will attend the Sochi Olympics.

'There are no plans to attend,' Fabius said Europe 1 Radio, according to Yahoo Sports. 'Top French officials have no plans to be there.'

The foreign minister offered no reason for the decision.

Joachim Gauck, Germany's president, informed Russian authorities that he would not be in Sochi,  becoming the first world leader to announce he would not attend the Games. In a statement, the president emphasized his actions were not a 'boycott.'

While several LGBTI advocates and celebrities, like Lady Gaga and Stephen Fry, have called for boycotting the Sochi Olympics the majority of politicians, like UK Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have said tackling human rights abuses is better served by attending the 2014 Games.

This past August the International Olympic Committee announced it ‘received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games.’

This was later contradicted by several Russian ministers, who promised gay tourists and athletes in Sochi will be arrested if they disobey the 'gay propaganda' laws.

- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/french-president-will-not-go-sochi-olympic-games151213#sthash.UJ9bhi3T.dpuf

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that neither he nor President Francois Hollande will attend the Sochi Olympics.

'There are no plans to attend,' Fabius said Europe 1 Radio, according to Yahoo Sports. 'Top French officials have no plans to be there.'

The foreign minister offered no reason for the decision.

Joachim Gauck, Germany's president, informed Russian authorities that he would not be in Sochi,  becoming the first world leader to announce he would not attend the Games. In a statement, the president emphasized his actions were not a 'boycott.'

While several LGBTI advocates and celebrities, like Lady Gaga and Stephen Fry, have called for boycotting the Sochi Olympics the majority of politicians, like UK Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have said tackling human rights abuses is better served by attending the 2014 Games.

This past August the International Olympic Committee announced it ‘received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games.’

This was later contradicted by several Russian ministers, who promised gay tourists and athletes in Sochi will be arrested if they disobey the 'gay propaganda' laws.

- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/french-president-will-not-go-sochi-olympic-games151213#sthash.UJ9bhi3T.dpuf

Whilst emphasising this was not a boycott of the games, neither Fabius nor Hollande would comment on their reasons for not attending.

Hollande has become the first world leader to announce he will not attend the Olympics.

Fabius told Yahoo Sports “top French officials have no plans to be there”.

Many athletes and LGBTI advocates have called for a boycott of the Sochi Olympics following the country’s implementation of draconian anti-gay laws.

Russian government has assured the International Olympic Committee that the legislation will not affect those attending the games.

The comment conflicts with statements from many Russian ministers who have said the laws will be enforced during the Olympics and tourists and athletes who flout the law will be arrested, face jail time and deportation.

 

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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