France strongly condemns the Russian Supreme Court’s addition of the "international LGBT movement" to its list of extremist organizations. This exposes members of associations that defend the rights of LGBT+ people to criminal prosecution and significant prison sentences.
This decision is the latest serious, unacceptable violation of human rights in Russia. It deprives LGBT+ people of the few ways they still have to protect their rights, following the recent toughening of laws against them.
France expresses its full support for LGBT+ people facing state-sponsored homophobia in Russia, based on despicable propaganda.
As Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna announced in September, France has set up a €2 million fund to provide support to those who defend the rights of LGBT+ people. France reiterates its commitment to the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, the defense of LGBT+ rights and the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.