Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will not find a home in France. The French government has announced today it will not grant asylum to the fugitive.
"France has received the letter from Mr Assange. A closer examination shows that given the legal elements and the material situation of Mr. Assange, France can not act on its request. The situation of Mr Assange presents no immediate danger. He is also the subject of a European arrest warrant," the French government writes in a statement released by the Elysee Palace.
The French paper Le Monde reports:
In a brief statement sent Friday, July 3 by the Elysee Palace, the President of the Republic has raised an objection of inadmissibility to the open letter of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who asked Paris to host it because " his life is in danger " ... In a long letter to François Hollande, published by Le Monde, Mr. Assange had indeed called on France to grant him asylum. He affirms in this text and physical and mental health is threatened, after more than three years in the premises of the Embassy of Ecuador in London. The rejection of this request, which was not formally a political asylum - a long and cumbersome process - is not a surprise. The Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, had already hinted several times that he was not favorable to a possible home of Mr Assange in France.