France's Macron accuses Le Pen of being 'dependent' on Russia

AFP , Wednesday 20 Apr 2022

French President Emmanuel Macron attacked his far-right rival Marine Le Pen for her links to Russia during a televised presidential debate on Wednesday, accusing her of being "dependent" on the Kremlin.

French President Emmanuel Macron
A picture shows a TV screen displaying French President and La Republique en Marche (LREM) party candidate for re-election Emmanuel Macron during a live televised debate with French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, broadcasted on French TV channels TF1 and France 2, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, ahead of the second round of France s presidential election. - French voters head to the polls for a run-off vote between Macron and Le Pen on April 24, 2022. AFP

"You are dependent on the Russian government and you are dependent on Mr. Putin," Macron said, referring to a loan agreed by Le Pen's party with a Czech-Russian bank which he said was "close to the Russian government".

Le Pen replied that she was "an absolutely and totally free woman".

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