Top French diplomat in Hong Kong suspended: consulate
The top French diplomat in Hong Kong and Macau has been suspended and recalled to Paris, a consulate spokeswoman confirmed Friday, as an "administrative investigation" gets under way.
"He left Hong Kong on Monday," the spokeswoman told AFP.
Marc Fonbaustier, 46, France's consul-general in the Chinese semi-autonomous territories, was recalled over conduct that would "likely not meet the requirements of professional conduct for a French diplomat," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said in Paris.
Fonbaustier, who is married and has three children, was appointed to the post last year.
"The Consul-general of France for Hong Kong and Macau was recalled and immediately left his post," the ministry spokesperson said.
"He is suspended from duty. An administrative investigation has been started based on the circumstances behind the decision.
"These facts would likely not meet the requirements of professional conduct for a French diplomat."
The ministry did not elaborate on the reasons for his suspension.
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