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France summons Chinese ambassador over COVID-19 criticism

France’s foreign minister has summoned the Chinese ambassador following comments made on the embassy’s website about western countries’ handling of Covid-19.

The comments were made by an unnamed diplomat and in part suggested that pensioners had been left to die in nursing homes.

Yves Le Drian said he expressed his disapproval to ambassador Lu Shaye on Tuesday.

In a statement he said: “Certain publicly voiced opinions by representatives of the Chinese embassy in France are not in line with the quality of the bilateral relation between our two countries.”