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Marine Le Pen, who is challenging the president at the April election, mocked him for claiming he had secured a potential negotiation with Vladimir Putin.
‘I wondered whether he was really acting as president in this whole process, or whether he was looking to win the Nobel Peace Prize,’ said the far-Right National Rally leader.
Emmanuel Macron, pictured, was ridiculed last night over his diplomatic efforts to avert war in Ukraine
Far-Left rival Jean-Luc Melenchon slammed Mr Macron’s ‘dismal record in this whole affair’, adding: ‘It is useless to hope that he will do better.’
Macron aides lashed out at Mr Putin for backtracking on a deal in principle to hold talks with the French leader and US President Joe Biden.
‘Putin has not kept his word,’ a senior source said. ‘For the time being, no new contacts are planned.’
Senior officials in Paris slammed the Russian strongman over his ‘paranoid’ world view that sees Nato as a direct threat to Russia’s national security.
Mr Putin, effectively in power for more than two decades, used a rambling speech on Monday night to make bogus claims about the West helping Ukraine acquire nuclear weapons.
Marine Le Pen (pictured), who is challenging the president at the April election, mocked him for claiming he had secured a potential negotiation with Vladimir Putin
One EU source said the French president had been ‘humiliated’ by the Kremlin’s manoeuvres.
‘He seems to have been grandstanding ahead of April’s election,’ the source said.
Before Putin gave the order for Russian tanks to enter Donetsk and Luhansk, French MEP Nathalie Loiseau rejected the criticism of the Elysee’s efforts to seek a peaceful compromise.
‘Even if the chances of a diplomatic solution in the Ukraine crisis are small, we have to try,’ said Mrs Loiseau, Mr Macron’s former Europe minister.
Far-Left rival Jean-Luc Melenchon (pictured) slammed Mr Macron’s ‘dismal record in this whole affair’, adding: ‘It is useless to hope that he will do better’
Vladimir Putin attending a meeting with French President Mr Macron in Moscow, Russia earlier this month
One EU source said the French president had been ‘humiliated’ by the Kremlin’s manoeuvres
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said yesterday (TUESDAY) that planned talks in Paris for Friday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov had been cancelled.
An EU diplomat said: ‘If you’re too eager, they’ll end up ghosting you.’
Top German MEP Reinhard Bütikofer also slammed the French leader for going too soft on the Kremlin.
He said ‘some people seem to believe they should hold back in order to facilitate more dialogue with Putin.
‘What dialogue? Isn’t it clear that appeasement feeds aggressive appetites?’
Source: Daily Mail