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Huawei woes multiply as France risks becoming next challenge

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As Huawei’s battles in the US snare its founder’s daughter, a new front is opening up across the Atlantic — in France.

After the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand banned the Chinese company’s network infrastructure products and Germany intensifies scrutiny, France is now tipping into unfriendly territory for Huawei. The country won’t ban the company. Instead, France, which has safeguards in place for critical parts of its telecommunications networks, is considering adding items to its “high-alert” list that tacitly targets Huawei.

Bloomberg News spoke to 15 people with knowledge of President Emmanuel Macron’s push for significantly tighter regulation. As French phone companies start seeking suppliers to build out 5G networks, parts of the country’s telecoms infrastructure are being made inaccessible to Huawei through legal and regulatory revisions — many classified.

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