France is investigating the alleged involvement of Russia to the protests of the “yellow jackets”
MOSCOW, 9 Dec — RIA Novosti. The Minister of foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the General Secretariat for defence and national security (SGDSN) conducts an investigation about the alleged involvement of Russia to the protests in the country.
The Times newspaper previously reported that the social networking site Twitter has hundreds of accounts allegedly related to Russia, which, according to the newspaper, the daily published more than 1.5 thousand messages to “zoom in street protests” in France.
It was noted that the accounts “were spreading disinformation, using pictures of injured protesters and other protests to exaggerate the facts about the brutality of the French police”.
“I heard the rumors. Now the General Secretariat for defence and national security are investigating. Look at the results of this investigation. I won’t judge something till facts are not established,” — said Le Drian, commenting on the Times article in an interview with radio station RTL, the Figaro newspaper and LCI television.
According to him, now Russia and France are the issues on which the positions of the two countries differ, but there are those issues where their positions are similar, as well as issues on which countries work together.
The protest movement of the “yellow jackets” who was originally against raising the price of gasoline, and then became to Express dissatisfaction with the social situation in France began November 17. Mass protests accompanied by clashes of protesters with the police, pogroms and arsons of cars, destruction of shops, banks.
Russia has repeatedly denied accusations of meddling in internal Affairs and attempts to influence the situation in different countries.