France: Government Officials Express Their Support to Falun Gong Practitioners

( After the elections are held in France this year, officials at all levels of government departments, including the Prime Minister, were changed. The French Falun Dafa Association sent a letter to the new officials, calling on them to pay attention to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) practitioners, which has been going on for 23 years.

According to the French Falun Dafa Association, since July 2022 it has received responses from different departments of the French government and local government officials. In their replies, some officials expressed their gratitude to the Falun Dafa Association for providing them with the information. Some of the officials expressed their support for the practitioners’ peaceful protest of the persecution.

Top row left to right: Stanislas Guerini, Minister of Public Transformation and Service; Christophe Béchu, Minister for Ecological Transition and Cohesion of the Territories; Roland Lescure, Minister Delegate for Industry; Isabelle Lonvis-Rome, Minister for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities.
Bottom row left to right: Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships; Ludovic Mendes, Member of the National Assembly for Moselle’s 2nd constituency; Alain Suguenot, Deputy Mayor of Beaune, a city in eastern France; and Jean-Jacques Puyobrau, Vice-President of Bordeaux Metropolitan in southern France.


Response from the French Prime Minister’s Office

The office of the new French Prime Minister, Ms. Elisabeth Borne, wrote in its reply: “We have brought the Prime Minister’s attention to the situation of Falun Gong practitioners in China. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has already paid attention to this.

“Given the subject, we have forwarded your letter to Mrs Catherine Colonna, Minister of European and Foreign Affairs.”

Letter from the Office of French Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne


Elected Officials Send Greetings

Stanislas Guerini, Minister of Public Transformation and Service, wrote, “Rest assured, I will do my best to accomplish the task entrusted to me and the mission entrusted to me. In addition, I have read this information (which you sent) with great interest and thank you for providing it to me.”

Letter from Stanislas Guerini, Minister of Public Transformation and Service


Émilie Chandler, Member of the National Assembly, wrote in her letter, “As the home of human rights, France has a special relationship with the protection of human rights. It was in France that the United Nations signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. It was France that proclaimed the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizens, one of our fundamental texts. Unfortunately, this protection of human rights is not shared by all countries.

“As a Law Commissioner, I am particularly concerned with issues related to respect for fundamental rights.”

Letter from Émilie Chandler, Member of the National Assembly


In response, Alexandre Portier, Member of the National Assembly, wrote, “I read your letter with great concentration. I want you to know that I am very concerned about the situation of human rights in the world and the situation of the Uyghurs, and Falun Gong practitioners.

“I will devote all my energies to working for the universal good and respecting the values of the Republic.”

Letter from Alexandre Portier, Member of the National Assembly


Ludovic Mendes, Member of the National Assembly, stated in response, “I noticed that you have been fighting against the CCP regime’s suppression and persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. The only principles that Falun Gong practitioners adhere to are Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. What a beautiful value this is. I am a passionate defender of human rights and I support your struggles…”

Letter from Ludovic Mendes, Member of the National Assembly


Jérôme Pianezza, City Councillor of Lille, stated, “Thank you for drawing our attention to the tragic fact that Falun Gong practitioners have been persecuted by the CCP authorities for 23 years. The city of Lille takes the value of rational freedom and human rights very seriously. Therefore, we have sent a letter to the President of the French Republic expressing our support for France’s efforts to respect human rights, the right to freedom of culture and belief in its diplomatic actions to China.”

Letter from Jérôme Pianezza, City Councillor of Lille, Delegate for Anti-Discrimination, International and European Relations


Jean-Jacques Puyobrau, Vice-President of Bordeaux Metropolitan, wrote: “I have spoken to my colleagues about this. I have also spoken to Mr. Alain David, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. I’ll be sure to let you know his response as soon as I get an answer.”

Letter from Jean-Jacques Puyobrau, Vice-President of Bordeaux Metropolitan


Background: What Is Falun Dafa and Why Is the CCP Persecuting it?

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China, in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide.

Millions of people who have embraced the teachings, which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and have learned the five exercises have experienced improved health and well-being.

Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, he issued an order to eradicate the practice.

Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organisation with the power to override the police and judicial systems, and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Gong. has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 23 years. The actual number is believed to be much higher. Countless practitioners have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.

There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply China’s organ transplant industry.