French FM condemns U.S. sanctions against ICC senior officials

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France condemned the economic sanctions imposed by the United States on the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor and a member of her Office, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday.

“The measures announced on Sept. 2 amount to a serious attack on the court and signatory states of the Treaty of Rome and, beyond this, a challenge to multilateralism and the independence of the judiciary,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement.

The French foreign minister called on the U.S. government to lift the punitive measures against the ICC officials.

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and a senior staff member in her office for continuing to investigate war crimes allegations against Americans.

The sanctions included a freeze on assets held in the United States or subject to U.S. law, according to media reports.

“France calls on the United States to reverse the announced measures,” the statement added.

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