Emmanuel Macron has questioned China‘s version of how it handled the coronavirus outbreak, saying things “happened that we don’t know about”.
His comments came as China revised upwards the number of people killed by the virus there by almost 50 per cent.
“Given … what China is today, which I respect, let’s not be so naive as to say it’s been much better at handling this,” Mr Macron told the Financial Times newspaper.
There are clearly things that have happened that we don’t know about.”.
And he added any suggestion that western democracies should question long-held principles of freedom were misguided.
The comments make Mr Macron only the latest world leader to question China’s handling of the pandemic’s outbreak.
The new number for people killed by the virus was 4,632 — a figure almost 50 per cent higher than previously admitted. »