May 15, 2021

Cambodian Ambassador to France Demands Apology from a French Mayor

H.E. Chem Widhya, Cambodian Ambassador to France, has demanded apology from Mr. Eric Woerth, Mayor of Chantilly of France, who had accused French President-elect H.E. Emmanuel Macron of Khmer behavior towards Valls.

I would like to express my profound dismay at such an analogy, imputing what you see as the vicissitudes of politics in your country to another people who have nothing to do with the problems you have mentioned, he said in a letter to Mr. Woerth on May 11.

H.E. Ambassador considered that Mr. Woerth's remarks not only are out of context and lack common sense, but also are incomprehensible to an educated man like him.

H.E. Chem Widhya thus advised the Chantilly mayor to re-read the history of different parts of the world, including his own continent, and in so doing apologise to the Khmer people.

For his part, through his social media network, Mr. Eric Woerth expressed his regrets for making these offensive remarks, saying that he was referring to a period of history, and not to the people as a whole, If I have been able to hurt anyone, I beg you to accept my apologies, he said.

On May 10, 2017, in an interview with Europe 1, Mr. Eric Woerth accused H.E. Emmanuel Macron of having Khmer behavior towards Mr. Manuel Valls, former French Prime Minister from 2014 to 2016. These comments sparked anger among the Cambodians and the French themselves.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press