France’s foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, announced on Monday that his country would not recognize the government of Robert Mugabe. Kouchner, who co-founded the human rights organization Doctors Without Borders, dismissed Zimbabwe’s recent election as a “farce.”
France’s top diplomat was hopeful that other African nations would pressure Mugabe. To that end, the United Nations has called on African leaders to find a “negotiated solution” to the conflict in Zimbabwe.
AP via The International Herald Tribune:
France’s foreign minister says the re-election of Zimbabwe ruler Robert Mugabe is a “farce” and that France cannot accept it.
Bernard Kouchner says France has decided that the government is illegitimate. France takes over the European Union’s rotating six-month presidency on Tuesday.