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Catalan independence would not be recognised: France

AFP  |  Paris 

Catalan independence would not enjoy international recognition, France's minister for European affairs said today as the Spanish region's leader threatens to announce a split. Pressure has mounted on Catalan president Carles Puigdemont to back down after hundreds of thousands of protesters last week rallied to defend national unity. "If there were a declaration of independence it would be unilateral and it wouldn't be recognised," Nathalie Loiseau said on CNews channel. "This crisis needs to be resolved through dialogue at all levels of Spanish politics," she urged. The minister also reiterated Brussels' warning that an independent Catalonia would "automatically" be out of the and have to reapply to join. "We are allies and partners with Spain, and is a major democracy, so we are not going to meddle in the internal affairs of " She said Catalonia, which borders France, already has "considerable autonomy".

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First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 18:57 IST