On Wednesday, April 1, the mayor of the Greater East, one of France’s most severely hit by a new coronavirus, condemned the United States for robbing France of a set of masks ordered in China.
In a show on French radio station RTL, the Mayor of Dadong District said that these masks were originally booked by France in China, but were bought by Americans on the tarmac of Chinese airports. “On the tarmac, Americans took out money and made three or four times the price offered by France, so they really needed to fight for it,” said Lautner. Lautner also emphasized that afterwards, “these masks flew to the United States, not France.”
Lautner complained, “It’s hard to do, we fight all day to get the masks in stock.” He also revealed that the Dadong District he manages has prepared a special office for imported masks to “win the market.”
Coincidentally, a similar encounter occurred in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in southwestern France. The Governor of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region complained in an interview with Russian media “Russia Today” just past Tuesday, claiming that US buyers had snatched some masks ordered by France from China. AFP also followed up on the incident. Regarding the complaints of the mayors of these two regions, the United States has not yet responded.
Dadong District has received 2 million masks ordered from Shanghai this week. The number of masks ordered from China across France is 60 million. President Macron pledged on Tuesday to “make all mask production independent” by the end of this year.