The French government announced on Thursday sanctions, including the ban on traveling to France , against 18 Saudi citizens for the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“The murder of Mr. Khashoggi is a crime of extraordinary seriousness, which, in addition, undermines freedom of the press and fundamental values, ” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
He did not specify which citizens are affected by these “preventive” measures, which may be “revised” depending on how the investigation evolves.
“Determined by the Ministry of the Interior, they aim to prohibit the access of these people both to the national territory and to the Schengen area as a whole,” he added.
The French executive explained that these sanctions were adopted “in consultation with its European partners, especially Germany” , and insisted that the murder of Khashoggi be thoroughly investigated.
France , he added, “expects from the Saudi authorities a transparent, detailed and exhaustive response” and “reserves” the right, “when it deems appropriate”, to issue its own conclusions.
“At the same time, France is studying with its European partners the possibility of a mechanism of sanctions of a transversal nature, allowing the European Union to take measures in the future against serious violations of human rights,” he added.