Emmanuel Macron, President of France, addresses the 77th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. AP
"I think what Russia announced is a travesty," he told reporters at the UN General Assembly, calling it a "new provocation" that "will have no consequence on our own position."
"The very idea of organizing referendums in regions witnessing war, which are suffering bombings, is the height of cynicism," Macron said.
Regions held by Moscow on Tuesday announced that they would hold referendums in the coming days on annexation by Russia, a step that the United States has been predicting and warning against.