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France looks set to follow UK’s Huawei ban after all

A report has claimed that the French cyber-security authority has told operators it won’t renew the licenses for any Huawei kit they buy once they expire.

As the Reuters report says, this amounts to de facto ban on Huawei networking gear by 2028, since eight years seems to be the longest license awarded for such kit. The agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information (ANSSI) hasn’t commented one way or the other, but the report indicates it’s a done deal that just hasn’t been made public yet.

The French have been sending out very mixed messages on the matter of Huawei. Earlier this month the head of ANSSI said there won’t be a total ban on Huawei, a position that was confirmed only this week by the French government. But if refusing to grant licenses for the use of Huawei gear isn’t a total ban then it’s not clear what is.

This is very ominous for Huawei, which already seems to be having a bit of a panic attack about Europe, following the UK decision to compel the swap-out of its kit from the country’s networks by 2028. The EU is essentially run by Germany and France, so if one of them decides to ban Huawei then that makes it much more likely the whole bloc will follow suit.

The convoluted messaging is probably a product of the geopolitical balancing act all European countries are attempting, regarding the competing interests of China and the US. The UK did a good job of deflecting the blame for its decision to the US and, if this move becomes formalised, we would expect the French to try a similar trick. It would then be very surprising if Germany and the rest of the EU didn’t make similar announcements soon after.

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8 comments

  1. Avatar ladakhchina 23/07/2020 @ 2:48 pm

    this is killing!france need know how big the china is and need stop go down wrong path and follow good path.france need listen to the beijing.

    • Avatar Hang Tran 24/07/2020 @ 1:35 am

      What do you mean? CCP Leader’s Fighting Each other they are the one going down

    • Avatar Wonkyu Lee 24/07/2020 @ 4:07 am

      don’t use google translator. That’s bad. LOL

    • Avatar Guillaume 24/07/2020 @ 9:43 am

      As if we were going to follow orders from a foreign country…

    • Avatar Jerome 24/07/2020 @ 3:16 pm

      Ladakhchina, you are so stupid. This is fake news by pro us media. Your voice only help evil pompal to achive his goal. No europe countries want to do that, but your stupid words only stired up unhappiness between china and europe countries, you are tapped. USA goverment is a evil institute just want to subotage china. Please keep quiet, or you will hurt china badly.

  2. Avatar The Shepherd 23/07/2020 @ 4:11 pm

    U need to learn how to write English before giving orders.

  3. Avatar zhongguodiyi88 24/07/2020 @ 1:32 pm

    If france and other countries continue reject beijing maybe we stop sending our mask and stop helping you.That will teach you not to mess with china.

  4. Avatar Mebrat 24/07/2020 @ 9:50 pm

    Yeah! right decision, but delayed. it’s a lot cries around the wolrd .Chinese electronics products became security threat for whole the world.

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