Macron says it is not France's aim to block Huawei

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (not pictured) at the 'Christchurch Call Meeting' at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France May 15, 2019. Yoan Valat/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said it was not the aim of France to block Huawei, nor to launch any form of technological war, a day after the U.S. government moved to blacklist the Chinese telecoms giant.

“Our perspective is not to block Huawei or any company, it is to preserve our national security and European sovereignty. But I think launching now a technological war or a trade war... is not appropriate,” said Macron on Thursday, speaking at the Paris ‘VivaTech’ event.

The blacklisting added another incendiary element to the U.S.-China trade dispute.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta