Macron urged France to avoid a rapprochement with Russia


RIA Novosti

France should not come closer to Russia, she needs independence and working with European partners, said on Tuesday night the presidential candidate of France, former Minister of the economy Emmanuel macron.

“We have with US a long story. Together we have built peace in the world… Today I want to offer more independence. Not to get close to Mr Putin. I want to build independence with responsibility, with a real European policy,” said macron.

The debate, held in the 34 days before the first round of the election, was broadcast live on TV channel TF1.

Participation in the debate took five candidates: the leader of the party “national front” marine Le Pen, the former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, former Minister of economy of France, the leader of movement “Forward,” Emmanuel macron, the former Minister of education, representative of the “Socialist party” Benoit Amon and the representative of the far-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Only the presidential elections in France will be attended by 11 candidates.

Election of the President of France will be held in two rounds on 23 April and 7 may.