Putin and Macron reach out: Pair want to ‘revive’ Franco-Russian relations

Putin and Macron reach out: Pair want to ‘revive’ Franco-Russian relations
  1. Putin and Macron reach out: Pair want to ‘revive’ Franco-Russian relations
    FRANCE’S new President Emmanuel Macron and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first phone conversation on Thursday during which they both expressed readiness to revive Franco-Russian relations, the Kremlin said in a s…


The pair spoke on the phone together for the first time on yesterday

“Mr Putin congratulated Mr Macron on his new role and on his new cabinet,” a spokesperson for the Kremlin said, adding that both leaders were eager to develop political, economic and cultural relations between France and Russia and had spoken about the possibility of “future contacts”.

The Kremlin added that the two men had discussed possible further cooperation in resolving the Ukraine crisis but did not specify whether Mr Putin had called Mr Macron, or vice versa.

Emmanuel Macron celebratingGETTY

Mr Putin congratulated Mr Macron on his presidential victory

Mr Putin, for his part, is not a popular figure in France. According to an Odoxa opinion poll published on Friday, the vast majority of French people – a staggering 73 per cent – hold a highly unfavourable view of the Russian president.

In addition, the poll, which was commissioned by the French Institute for International and Strategic Relations (IRIS) and the French daily Le Parisien, shows that 53 per cent of French people believe that Russian hackers attempted to influence the French presidential election, whilst 71 per cent think that Mr Putin is a “negative influence” on the international scene.

French newly elected President Emmanuel Macron poses with his wife Brigitte Trogneux at the Elysee presidential PalaceGETTY

The Kremlin claim the pair spoke about resolving the Ukraine crisis

More than a quarter of those polled – 29 per cent – said that Mr Macron should not make France Russia’s ally, whilst nine per cent said that Russia should be seen as the…

Vladimir Putin looking bored
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