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France's Europe Minister was 'pressured' not to visit Poland's 'LGBT-free' zones

France's Minister for Europe has repeated claims that he was prevented from visiting 'LGBT-free' zones in Poland during a recent visit.Clément Beaune, who is openly gay, has told French media that he was dissuaded by "political pressure" from Polish officials.The French Secretary of State for European Affairs had wanted to visit the town of Krasnik during an official two-day visit this week.But speaking to France Inter radio, Beaune said that Poland had threatened to cancel official meetings if he visited the town.Human Rights Watch has said the alleged pressure by the Polish government is "shameful".But Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk has denied the allegations and says the minister's comments are "clearly not
euronews.com

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