Emmanuel Macron hosted Vladimir Putin at the Palace of Versailles on Monday, and things got chilly when the French president tore into Russian state-run media over their alleged actions against him during the recent election.
Macron talked with Putin about Syria, Ukraine and a slew of other international developments before holding a joint press event with his Russian counterpart. During this conference, Macron decried Russia Today and Sputnik as “organs of influence” and he blasted them for spreading “despicable lies.”
“During the campaign, Russia Today and Sputnik were agents of influence which on several occasions spread lies about my persona and my campaign” said Macron. “They behaved like organs of influence, of propaganda and of lying propaganda.”
During the election, Macron’s people accused Russia of meddling with the French political process after a trove of hacked campaign emails were released online. Macron had Kremlin-sponsored reporters banned from his campaign headquarters shortly after this development.
Past indications have suggested that Putin wanted Macron’s far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, to become the next President of France. Putin has denied interfering with the French elections, though Reuters reported that the Russian president recoiled when he was asked about this by a reporter today.
American authorities are still investigating Russia in order to determine the extent of their efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election in the United States.
Watch above, via Washington Post.
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