War in Ukraine: “The word genocide must be qualified by jurists”, says Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron responded this Thursday in France Blue on the use of the word “genocide” in Ukraine. The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, had estimated the day before the French president’s refusal to denounce a “genocide” in Ukraine by the Russian Army “very hurtful”

Wendy Bouchard’s guest on the show “My France”, and questioned on the subject, Emmanuel Macron believes that “Words have a meaning and we all have to be very careful”specifying that its function is“Avoid escalation at all costs and protect French men and women against an extension of the war.”

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“The word genocide has a meaning” justifies Emmanuel Macron

Asked about a visit to Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron believes that “the time will come.” “I believe that traveling should not be just to see things, it is to do something. That is why I have always said that I will do it when it is useful” says Emmanuel Macron.

“Now we are all shocked by the images of Boutcha last week, he adds. We were all shocked by the scenes we see in Mariupol, which France condemned with great clarity. We have sent magistrates and gendarmes to help Ukraine document these war crimes so that trials can begin. This is how we have to do it. The word genocide has a meaning and the word genocide today must be qualified by jurists, not by politicians. And I get everyone’s attention. If it is a genocide, the States that consider that it is a genocide must, by international convention, intervene. Is that what people want, to become co-belligerent? I do not think so”.

“Such comments are very painful for us,” said Volodymyr Zelensky.

The refusal of the French president on Wednesday to denounce a “genocide” in Ukraine by the Russian army is “very hurtful,” said Volodymyr Zelensky. “If true, such comments are very hurtful to us,” Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday at a news conference. “I will do my best to discuss this matter with Mr. Macron today. If not, then tomorrow when I find the time.” added the Ukrainian president.

Earlier in the day, Emmanuel Macron had chosen not to use the term “genocide” used by his US counterpart Joe Biden to accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of it in Ukraine. “I would say that Russia unilaterally started a brutal war, that it has now been established that the Russian military committed war crimes, and now we must find those responsible.” declared Emmanuel Macron at first.

“Yes, I called it genocide,” said Joe Biden

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, accused his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for the first time on Tuesday of carrying out a “genocide” in Ukraine, the day in which the regional authorities in the southeast of the country evaluated the number of victims in at least 20,000 dead. since the end of February. The word was previously used by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but never by the US administration: “Yes, I called it a genocide”Joe Biden told reporters during a trip to Iowa, just hours after mentioning the term during a speech dedicated to fighting inflation.

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