Venezuela – Q&A – from the press briefing (9 Jan. 2020)

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Q: Does France still consider Juan Guaidó to be the legitimate president of Venezuela? What is your position on the events at the Venezuelan Parliament on January 5?

A: France applauds the reelection of Juan Guaidó as President of the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on January 5. For France, he therefore remains the interim president tasked with implementing a free and transparent election in Venezuela.

France rejects the intimidation of deputies, journalists and members of the diplomatic corps aimed at preventing the smooth unfolding of National Assembly sessions.

Along with its European partners, France reaffirms the importance of achieving a political solution to this crisis, whose first casualty is the Venezuelan people.