France: Presidential Candidate's Concern for Falun Gong Practitioner’s Situation

Falun Gong practitioner Ma Jian, who was the general manager in charge of Chinese and North Asian business for the French PCM Pumping Industry company, was beaten and illegally arrested by about ten policemen on February 28th, 2007, at his office in Beijing. French Falun Dafa Association thereby sent a letter regarding this case to all the candidates of the French presidential election to bring this matter to their attention and called on them to help rescue Mr. Ma Jian.

In her reply to the Chairman of the French Falun Gong Association, Ms. Ségolène Royal, the French Socialist Party candidate for president, expressed her sympathy for the Falun Gong practitioner who is being persecuted in China, and promised to try her best to urge China to respect human rights. The following is the English translation of the full context of the letter from Ms. Ségolène Royal.

Ms. Ségolène Royal, the French Socialist Party candidate for president


Dear Mr. Chairman:

After perusing your letter, I am especially concerned about the plight of a member of your Association in Beijing.

As other minority groups in the Chinese territory, we have noticed that your rights and freedom are infringed, which is a grave concern of ours. I would like to express my sympathy and compassion to all those who have suffered tribulations resulting from the infringement of their rights and freedom.

I hope that we are able to establish a balanced and candid relationship with China, a big country that has a close political and economic connection with us. I would, without the least hesitation, like to reiterate the importance of respecting democracy and human rights for France. I promise I would strive harder than ever before in this regard.

Mr. Chairman, please accept my sincerest regards.

Sincerely,

Ségolène Royal

Paris, April 16th, 2007

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