Macron says France's 5G strategy founded on European sovereignty

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron, wearing a protective face mask, delivers a speech as he visits a site of pharmaceutical group Seqens, a global leader on the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients, to mobilize innovation and support the research on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, near Paris, France August 28, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/Pool

PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday France was not excluding any company including China’s Huawei from its next-generation 5G mobile market but that his strategy was one based on European sovereignty.

Macron said Europe had two leading suppliers, Ericsson and Nokia, who offered Europe a “genuine industrial solution, fully secured”.

Macron, speaking at a news conference, said he had told Chinese President Xi Jinping: “You would do the same as me back home”.

Three sources told Reuters last month that French authorities have told telecoms operators planning to buy Huawei 5G equipment that they will not be able to renew licences for the gear once they expire, effectively phasing the Chinese firm out of mobile networks.

Reporting by Michel Rose and Elizabeth Pineau; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Frances Kerry