- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 15, 2013

Neither French President Francois Hollande nor any top French official will attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday.

“There are no plans to attend,” he said of himself and Mr. Hollande, Reuters reported. “Top French officials have no plans to be there.”

No reason for the move was given.

The decision comes one week after German President Joachim Gauck’s office announced it was abstaining from the events because of human rights concerns.

A Russian law passed in June banned “gay propaganda,” which critics say discriminates against homosexuals, Reuter reported.