|Vincent Marion, founder Francelysee ID Wechat : Francelysee|
Vincent Marion founded Francelysee in Shanghai in September 2014. Originally a website and a Wechat account in Chinese and French on topics related to French culture and society, the company has moved towards e-commerce with a more commercial content. It is targeting the 25-35 years old Chinese who can afford French products. In a direct manner and without clichés, the Lyon-born – in 1989 - entrepreneur details the challenges that arise in a China where economic growth is not anymore what it used to be in the early 2000s.
Has the publication of your articles ever been forbidden by the Chinese Government's censorship? Lately you talked repeatedly of the election of Emmanuel Macron, have there been consequences?
Some of our articles have been deleted, but it probably came from opportunistic competitors because they were positive articles without analysis, we were talking about the G20 and François Hollande, the first Chinese lady and . It should be noted that the Chinese media are not allowed to talk about politics, even in a positive way.
Then again many websites get past that because many laws in China are not put into practice. At any time there is this legal tool. The rules are very strict but everyone does what he wants, and if one day the Chinese Government wants to punish, it has this weapon.
It has happened - although rarely - that we did self-censorship. I interviewed a Chinese who had fought in the Foreign Legion in France for example. I finally decided not to publish the interview because it is forbidden for a Chinese to join an army other than the Chinese army, and I would not take the risk.
Are you facing barriers when it comes to sell foreign products in China?