Frenchman tells plight of husband's 'state secret' jailing

France and China on Saturday mark 60 years of diplomatic relations – but not everybody is celebrating. When Frenchman François Dupouy married the love of his life, Chinese man Wu Xianle, he did not anticipate that his husband would disappear in a Beijing jail. Three years on, RFI interviews Dupouy about his plight and China's opaque state security laws.

Dupouys, the 77-year-old former executive of a French construction multinational, met Wu when he retired and travelled to China to study at Beijing's Language University.

He was 62 when he met Wu, and the two fell in love. Given same-sex marriage is not legal in China, the pair went to Paris where they married in the summer of 2009.

Wu comes from a "red" family. This means his father and other family members are long-standing members of China's Communist Party (CCP) and its armed wing, the People's Liberation Army (PLA.)

Wu made a career within China's bureaucratic establishment, going from the prestigious Central Party School via the PLAir Force. He wound up as marketing director of the Friendship Centre of the United Front Department, a powerful CCP organ that is responsible for maintaining contact between the CCP and non-communists, minorities and Chinese abroad.

Three years ago this week, on 26 January, 2021, Wu suddenly disappeared.

RFI: Describe the circumstances under which that happened?

François Dupouy: He was arrested on the way to his office. He was driving his car, and the authorities stopped him and took him away to a detention centre somewhere in Beijing.

RFI: What is he accused of?

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