The split came when France's education minister said France "will not do it," a day after Australia, Britain, and Canada said they would engage in a diplomatic boycott following the United States' lead, citing China's human rights record.
Blanquer, the minister of national education, youth, and sport, told BFM TV, "Sports is a world in itself, which must be protected from political interference," according to Reuters news agency.
Paris is due to host the Summer Games in 2024.
Speaking at a parliamentary session Thursday in Tokyo, Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he would decide whether to send officials to the Beijing Olympics, slated to run from February 4 to 20.
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