French President Emmanuel Macron called Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki “an extreme-right anti-Semite who bans LGBT people.”
In a wide-ranging interview with French daily Le Parisien, Macron also described as “shameful” comments by Morawiecki comparing the French president’s frequent phone calls with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to talking with Hitler.
The Polish premier earlier this week criticized Macron for achieving little in his discussions with Putin.
“Mr. President Macron, how many times have you negotiated with Putin, what have you achieved? Have you stopped any of the actions that have taken place?” Morawiecki said at a press conference Monday. “One should not negotiate with criminals … Nobody negotiated with Hitler. Would you negotiate with Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot?”
But Macron, who is just two days away from the first round of a presidential election, has defended his telephone conversations with the Russian leader.
“I take full responsibility for having spoken to the president of Russia, in the name of France, to avoid the war and to build a new architecture for peace in Europe,” he said on French television Wednesday.
Morawiecki’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
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