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Award of the Nobel Peace prize to Liu Xiaobo

Published on October 11, 2010
Statement by Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, October 8, 2010

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize has just been awarded to Liu Xiaobo. This decision embodies the defence of human rights throughout the world.

France, like the European Union, expressed her concern at the time of his arrest, and has several times called for his release. She reiterates this appeal. France recalls her commitment to freedom of expression throughout the world.

The Nobel Committee, which makes its choices independently, wanted to send a strong message to all those who campaign peacefully for the promotion and protection of human rights./.

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