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The war in Ukraine – between the international context and a second term, Emmanuel Macron has had to make priority choices in recent days. While he did not say he was “sure that escalating speech serves the cause” after Kremlin chief Joe Biden accused a “dictator” leading a “genocide”, Emmanuel Macron drew criticism from his Ukrainian counterpart.
Volodymyr Zelensky described Emmanuel Macron’s refusal to discuss and denounce the “genocide” in Ukraine on Wednesday, April 13 in France 2, as “extremely painful”. “If they are true, then such statements are very harmful to us,” added the President of Ukraine.
Zelensky stings Macron
The latter did not fail to scratch the presidential candidate. Knowing the upcoming electoral deadline in France, Volodymyr Zelensky sent a spade to the head of state, who was more preoccupied with his campaign for the second round than with the war in Ukraine, as he wished: “I will do my best to discuss this matter with Mr. Macron today. If not, Tomorrow, when he finds time.”
The beginning of the diplomatic impasse between France and Ukraine arose after Joe Biden’s consistent position on crimes committed on Ukrainian soil. On Tuesday, April 12, the President of the United States frankly accused Vladimir Putin of causing “genocide.” A term used until then only by Volodymyr Zelensky.
It must be said that since entering the presidential election campaign, Emmanuel Macron has been criticized by Ukraine and its inhabitants. In the lead since February 24, Emmanuel Macron has not been to Ukraine since the beginning of the war, while his British and American counterparts are already on the ground (directly to Kyiv for Boris Johnson and in Poland for Joe Biden). When asked several times, the head of state said he was considering a trip to Kyiv “only if it could be useful.”
The verb “macroner” originated in Ukraine
Emmanuel Macron’s role in the war in Ukraine also caused the creation of a new word. In fact, the phrase “macronete” (which translates to “macroner” in French) is on its way to finding its place in everyday Ukrainian.
The Ukrainians coined this term “macroner” by giving an unflattering definition of Emmanuel Macron: “To be very worried about a situation, but do nothing, in fact”, can we read in the dictionary of words in the context of the war in Ukraine on Telegram, as flower Paris.
Even the lexicon in question notes that the term has its origins in the French president “who is remembered not for real help, but for his preoccupied portraits of the Elysee.” A direct reference to photos published by Soazig de la Moissonnière, the official photographer of the Elysee, which show the French head of state anxious, unshaven and looking tired, but working fully on the war in Ukraine from his desk.
In addition to this expression, some Ukrainians quoted by “Le Parisien” describe Emmanuel Macron as a pawn “in Vladimir Putin’s wages”. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin, had himself congratulated Emmanuel Macron on French television on France’s role: “President Macron’s efforts are greatly appreciated. We appreciate the ongoing dialogue with President Vladimir Putin.
On the same day, Emmanuel Macron had already come under heavy criticism for his role towards Moscow from Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for his phone calls with the Kremlin chief. “Mr. President Macron, how many times have you negotiated with Mr. Putin? What did you get? Did you stop any of these actions that happened? Do not negotiate and do not argue with criminals. Words that also provoked an immediate and firm reaction from the tenant of the Elysee.
See also on The HuffPost: Emmanuel Macron’s speech on Ukraine, March 2, 2022