French President Francois Hollande is
boycotting the Winter Olympics to be held next year in Sochi, Russia.
BBC reported Sunday that neither Hollande nor any top French
official will travel to Sochi.
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius did not
give an explanation in announcing the decision on French radio.
“Top French officials have no plans
to be there,” Fabius said.
Hollande is the second European leader
to snub the Sochi Games.
Last week, daily Der Spiegel
reported that German President Joachim Gauck would stay away, making
him the first major political figure to boycott Russia's staging of
the Winter Olympics.
Gay rights activists have urged leaders
to boycott the games in protest of the nation's “gay propaganda”
law, which prohibits public demonstrations of support for the LGBT
Russian President Vladimir Putin last
the law as “democratic.”