France denounces US sanctions on ICC as ‘serious attack’

PARIS — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian denounces US sanctions targeting the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, saying the move by Washington was a “serious attack” on the global body and should be reversed.

“The measures announced on September 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,” he says, while also calling on Washington to “withdraw” the sanctions.