January 23, 2019 / 5:30 PM / 5 months ago

France aware of Huawei risks, will act when times comes - minister

PARIS, Jan 23 (Reuters) - France is aware of the risks of China’s Huawei Technologies access to next-generation mobile networks and will take measures when the time comes, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.

“We are aware of the risks ... and will take the necessary steps when needed,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament’s foreign affairs committee.

Le Drian said he would speak with his Chinese counterpart on the issue when they meet in Paris later on Wednesday.

Some Western countries have barred Huawei from their markets after U.S. officials briefed allies that Huawei is at the beck and call of the Chinese state, warning that its network equipment may contain “back doors” that could open them up to cyber espionage.

Huawei says such concerns are unfounded.

Reporting by John Irish Editing by Mathieu Rosemain

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