The Navalny affair rocks the Franco-Russian rapprochement

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DECRYPTION – Emmanuel Macron thought he would succeed where his predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande had failed.

The French President had received Vladimir Poutine on August 19, at Fort Brégançon.
The French President received Vladimir Poutine on August 19, at Fort Brégançon. POOL/REUTERS

What if the poisoning of the Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny signed the “brain death” of the Franco-Russian rapprochement operated last year by Emmanuel Macron? Between Moscow and Paris, the atmosphere is once again freezing.

The “2 + 2” strategic summit which was to bring together the foreign and defense ministers of the two countries has been canceled. The visit to Moscow of the French president, put in parentheses. And since the French analyzes in turn confirmed that Navalny was indeed poisoned by the military nerve gas novichok, Emmanuel Macron has raised the tone vis-à-vis the Kremlin. Until then, he had let his foreign minister speak, within the framework of the G7 or the EU. But on Monday, he came out of his reservation to speak as firmly as Angela Merkel and demand that « all light be shed on the assassination attempt » of the Russian opponent. He called Vladimir Putin to account over the phone, who curtly rejected him.

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