How Emmanuel Macron’s star fades in Ukraine

WAR IN UKRAINE – Between the international context and a second term, immanuel macron had to make priority decisions in the last few days. Although he said he was “not sure escalating words would serve the cause” after Joe Biden accused the head of the Kremlin of a “dictator” leading a “genocide”, Emmanuel Macron received criticism from his Ukrainian counterpart.

Volodymyr Zelensky described as “very hurtful” Emmanuel Macron’s refusal to discuss and denounce a “genocide” in Ukraine this Wednesday, April 13, on France 2. Quickly, the spokesman for Ukrainian diplomacy reacted, judging the French position “disappointing”. “If they are true, these statements do us a lot of damage,” added even the president of theUkraine.

Zelensky pique Macron

The latter did not stop scratching the candidate for president. Knowing the upcoming deadline for the elections in France, Volodymyr Zelensky sent a shovel to the Head of State, who was more busy with his campaign for the second round than for the war in Ukraine, to his liking: “I will do my best to discuss this issue with Mr. Macron today. If not, tomorrow, when I find time”.

A beginning of a diplomatic imbroglio between France and Ukraine that arose after Joe Biden’s firm position on the crimes perpetrated on Ukrainian soil. On Tuesday, April 12, the president of the United States had frontally accused Vladimir Putin of causing a “genocide”. A term used until then only by Volodymyr Zelensky.

It must be said that since his entry into the campaign for thepresidential election, Emmanuel Macron is the target of criticism from Ukraine and its people. On the front lines since February 24, Emmanuel Macron has never been to Ukraine since the beginning of the war, while his British and American counterparts have already been on the ground (straight to kyiv by boris johnson et is Poland for Joe Biden). Asked several times, the head of state said that he was considering a trip to kyiv “only if it can be useful”.

The verb “macroner” originated in Ukraine

Emmanuel Macron’s role in the Ukraine war has also sparked the creation of a new word. In fact, the expression “macronete” (translated as “macroner” in French) is in the process of finding its place in everyday Ukrainian language.

The Ukrainians coined this term “macroner” by providing an unflattering definition of Emmanuel Macron: “to be very concerned about a situation, but to do nothing, in fact”, we can read in a lexicon of words in the context of the war in Ukraine on Telegram, as reported the parisian.

The lexicon in question even specifies that this term owes its origin to the French president “who is remembered not for real help, but for his worried photos of the Elysée”. A direct reference to the photographs published by Soazig de la Moissonnière, the Elysée’s official photographer, showing the French head of state worried, unshaven and looking tired, but working on the Ukraine war from his office.

Beyond this expression, some Ukrainians quoted by Le Parisien even describe Emmanuel Macron as a pawn “in the pay of Vladimir Putin”. Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Vladimir Putin, had congratulated Emmanuel Macron on French television for France’s role: “President Macron’s efforts are highly appreciated. We appreciate the ongoing dialogue taking place with President Vladimir Putin,” he said at LCI on April 6.

On the same day, Emmanuel Macron was already the subject of strong criticism for his role towards Moscow by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for his phone calls with the head of the Kremlin. President Macron, how many times has he negotiated with Mr Putin? What did you get? Did you stop any of these actions that took place? Do not negotiate or argue with criminals.” Words that were true provoked an immediate and firm reaction from the tenant of the Elysée.

See also in The HuffPost: Emmanuel Macron Speech on Ukraine, March 2, 2022

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