France was outraged after the Chinese ambassador published a post on the embassy’s website criticizing the western response to the coronavirus. In response, the French foreign ministry summoned the ambassador to complain:
The French foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had summoned the Chinese ambassador to protest a string of controversial comments by Beijing’s embassy in Paris on the coronavirus.
“I made clear my disapproval of certain recent comments when the ambassador … was summoned this morning,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a ministry statement, adding that the remarks were not in line with the “quality of the bilateral relationship” between France and China.
China’s embassy to France has been leading a high-profile public relations campaign in recent weeks to vaunt the country’s success in largely quelling the coronavirus while criticising the handling of the crisis by Western countries.
The post which created the diplomatic stir was titled “Turn the facts upside down again-A Chinese diplomat in the French Embassy observes the new pneumonia epidemic (Part 4).” In part, it accused western countries of letting the elderly starve to death in nursing homes: