The Chinese Embassy in France warned this Sunday Paris against possible " discriminatory measures " against the Chinese flagship technology Huawei as part of the deployment of 5G in France.
Read also: Huawei announces the establishment of "production units" in Europe
Referring in a press release to " recent reports in several French media ", the diplomatic representation evokes " restrictive measures against Huawei in the deployment of 5G " that France would consider taking. “ We are deeply shocked and worried. President Emmanuel Macron and other senior French officials have repeatedly reaffirmed that on the 5G issue, France would not take discriminatory measures against a specific country or company, nor would it exclude Huawei, "notes l 'embassy.
" So if the above information from the French media turns out to be correct, it is clearly contrary to the commitment made by the French government, " she continues. In late January, the European Union partially opened its door to Huawei to develop 5G, thus defying the Americans who accuse the equipment manufacturer of spying for the benefit of Beijing. Number two on the smartphone market, the Chinese has established itself in the development of the ultra-fast 5G mobile internet against its Swedish rivals Ericsson, Finnish Nokia and South Korean Samsung.
Read also: Huawei, chronology of an open crisis between China and the United States
Refusing any “ technical or security risk ” of Huawei's equipment, the Chinese Embassy in France also notes that “ if, for security reasons, the French government really needs to impose constraints on operators, it should establish in this regard transparent criteria and treat all businesses the same . ” " We do not want to see the development of European companies in the Chinese market affected because of the discrimination and protectionism of France and other European countries towards Huawei, " she said.
This warning from Beijing comes ten days after the French historic operator, Orange, announced that it would continue its collaboration with European equipment manufacturers Nokia and Ericsson to deploy the antennas of its future 5G network in France, while Iliad , parent company of Free, also expressed its wish to renew its agreement with Nokia. Two other French operators, SFR and Bouygues Télécom, notably use Huawei equipment on their current networks. Their announcements on 5G are expected in the coming weeks, after being validated by the French authorities.
Read also: Berlin would have proof that Huawei worked with Chinese services