The French Europe minister took to Twitter to celebrate the achievements of France and European Union member states at the event in Tokyo, which was delayed by a year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. He posted a short video that counts upwards to 132 before a message at the end of the clip states: “132. That’s the number of medals won by the European Union this week. Go France! Go Europe!”
Mr Beaune also tweeted a message alongside this, which read: “Olympic Games. Pride of France, strength of Europe!
“132: that’s the number of medals won by European Union countries this week.
“Well done to our athletes. Let’s continue!”
But his comments have sparked a furious reaction from several people on the social media platform, particularly from those campaigning for France to follow Britain and leave the EU.
Generation Frexit President Charles-Henri Gallois raged in a tweet: “Delete. Ridiculous.
“The EU is not a country and would not have so many athletes or medals if it were under the same banner.
“You also still find it difficult to understand that Europe is not the EU.”
Eric Noirez, also from Generation Frexit, echoed the fury expressed by his colleague.
READ MORE: Macron lashing out at UK as official admits ‘bad faith every day’
“In sports too, nations are eternal!”
Another person commented: “In real life, everyone vibrates with the exploits of the sportsmen of HIS country, is moved to hear HIS anthem and shares the disappointment of HIS compatriots.
“Your obsession with the EU will not be able to do anything about it, because it will never become a nation.
“European? Yes. But French above all!”
Last week, Mr Beaune lashed out at Boris Johnson’s decision to keep quarantine rules for French tourists entering the UK.
On Thursday, England had said it would allow fully vaccinated visitors from the EU and US to arrive without needing to quarantine.
But the country added it would review rules for travellers from France only at the end of this week
This infuriated Mr Beaune, who said on LCI TV: “It’s excessive, and it’s frankly incomprehensible on health grounds.
“It’s not based on science and discriminatory towards the French.
“I hope it will be reviewed as soon as possible. It’s just common sense.”
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.