After a diplomatic incident that began on social media, France’s foreign ministry summoned China’s envoy to Paris on Monday over a flurry of “unacceptable” insults the embassy levied against a French academic on Twitter. China specialist Antoine Bondaz, who had not been sparing in his criticism of Beijing online, landed in the Chinese embassy’s social media cross-hairs after tweeting about Taiwan. Bondaz was called a “small-time thug”, an “ideological troll” and a “crazed hyena”. FRANCE 24 spoke with the researcher about the unprecedented incident.
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