Q: A dissident Azerbaijani blogger, Mahammad Mirzali, has been subjected to several murder attempts in France and now lives under police protection in the Nantes area. Four people, including three Azeris, were charged last month with attempted murder. The blogger's attorney and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) speak of a ?crime of state? and assert that he is still in danger. Has the French government lodged an official protest with the Azerbaijani authorities?
A: We have raised Mahammad Mirzali's situation with Azerbaijan in the course of our diplomatic contacts with that country.
As this is a legal proceeding initiated in France, we cannot comment further.