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Macron says France will show ‘no weakness’ on Russia sanctions

France will “respond with no weakness” to Russia’s “act of war” in Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday in a solemn speech addressed to the French people.

Giving a pre-recorded address in front of Ukrainian, European and French flags, Macron said that “sanctions toward Russia will be on the level of the aggressions it is itself guilty of — on the military and economic level, as well as the field of energy, we will be without weakness,” he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “has decided to carry out the gravest attack to peace and stability in our Europe for decades,” Macron said.

Today’s events are “a turning point in the history of Europe and our country,” the French president added. “They will have long-lasting, deep consequences on our lives … In these troubled hours where ghosts of the past are reborn, and where manipulations will be numerous, let’s not yield anything from our unity.”

“We’re going to take decisions during this afternoon’s G7, during the European Council that will take place this evening in Brussels, and the NATO summit which will take place in the hours to come,” Macron said.

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