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French foreign minister: Virus exacerbating global diplomatic rift

France’s foreign minister says that the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating diplomatic “fractures,” heightening US-China rivalry and weakening multilateralism.

“It seems to me that we are witnessing an amplification of the fractures that have been undermining the international order for years. The pandemic is the continuation, by different means, of the struggle between powers,” Jean-Yves Le Drian tells Le Monde newspaper.

“My fear is that the world after [the outbreak] will strongly resemble the world before, but worse.”

— AFP

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