Agreement on the resumption of French poultry exports to China

26 March 2019, at 12:00am

FRANCE (Reuters) - France and China signed Monday, on the occasion of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Paris, an agreement in principle on the lifting of the embargo since 2015 on French poultry exports.

"The Chinese side has decided to lift the embargo on the import into China of French poultry products," said the leader of the world's second largest economy during a statement to the press at the Elysee Palace. China also invites "France to be a guest of honor at the second international import exhibition," he added.

Like a dozen other countries, China decided in December 2015 to suspend its imports of poultry and other poultry products from France after cases of bird flu were detected in Dordogne.

Beijing's green light on French poultry comes nine months after the announcement of the lifting of the Chinese ban on French beef that was announced during Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's visit to China after 17 years of embargo .

Marine Pennetier, edited by Yves Clarisse for Reuters