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Warsaw summons French ambassador after Macron called Polish PM ‘anti-Semite’

Poland has summoned the French ambassador to Warsaw after President Emmanuel Macron blasted Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for supporting his far-right presidential rival and branded him a far-right anti-Semite.

The dig comes as the French president, who is seeking re-election this month, is struggling at home with a rising far right and Marine Le Pen, who met with Morawiecki in October, is within reach of winning the presidency. It also reveals deep disagreements between the two men over Macron’s negotiations with President Vladimir Putin since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

Earlier this week Morawiecki criticized Macron’s efforts to end the war in Ukraine through negotiations with Putin, dismissing them as ineffective and likening them to talks with Hitler, Stalin or Pol Pot.

Macron hit back on Wednesday, accusing Morawiecki of interfering in the French presidential election, the first round of which was scheduled for Sunday. In an interview with readers of the daily Le Parisien published on Friday, he went further, calling Morawiecki’s settlement “shameful” and attacking the Polish prime minister.

“The Polish Prime Minister is an anti-Semite of the extreme right who bans LGBT people,” Macron was quoted as saying. “He is under investigation by the EU for arbitrarily dismissing numerous judges.”

The reason for Morawiecki’s attack is that the Polish prime minister, who comes from the conservative-nationalist Law and Justice party, supports Le Pen. “Let’s not be naive. He wants to help her before the vote!” he said.

Macron and Le Pen are expected to beat the other candidates on Sunday and face off in the second round on April 24. Recent opinion polls point to an increasingly close race between the two.

Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller described Macron’s statements as “incomprehensible”.

“I understand that in the political emotions that accompany every election campaign, there are words that go too far. But talking about the prime minister of the Polish government in connection with anti-Semitism. . . is a lie,” he said.

He added: “I hope that this election campaign in France will calm down a bit and that the French President will then talk differently and actually stick to historical facts.”

Sebastian Kaleta, Poland’s Deputy Justice Minister, tweeted: “Oh, the words of truth about the ‘effectiveness’ of his phone negotiations with Putin hurt [Macron]. Macron’s nerves show that he is aware of the moral bankruptcy of his policy towards Russia.”

Macron said talking to Putin is a “thankless” task, which he is undertaking with the support of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as he tries to negotiate humanitarian evacuations of civilians from besieged cities like Mariupol, as well as to organize a ceasefire and a Russian withdrawal.

His campaign recently underlined that Le Pen sought and received Putin’s support in the 2017 presidential campaign by meeting the Russian leader in the Kremlin. At the time, she also secured a loan from a Russian bank near the Kremlin to fund her election campaign. Meanwhile, Macron had accused Moscow of hacking his campaign’s website.

The Polish government has been at the forefront of calls for the EU to take a tougher stance on Russia over its invasion. She has urged the West to supply Ukraine with more arms and has pushed for tougher sanctions, including on oil and gas. Macron last week called for an embargo on Russian coal and oil exports.

“Another day of Russian war crimes – this time a cold-blooded attack on civilians in Kramatorsk,” Deputy Foreign Minister Pavel Yablonsky tweeted on Friday after impersonating a Russian Rocket attack on a train station in the eastern Donbass region of Ukraine killed dozens of people.

“Another day without European sanctions on oil and gas. To think that repeated phone calls to Putin will end this war is naïve. Leaders have no right to be naïve.”

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Adam Bradshaw

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