French President Calls for Putin's Forces to Cease Fire During Paris Olympics

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.17 - 2024 8:27 AM CET

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French President Calls for Putin's Forces to Cease Fire During Paris Olympics.

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In a significant move amidst the Russian presidential election, French President Emmanuel Macron has issued a direct appeal to Vladimir Putin, urging Russia to cease hostilities and agree to a ceasefire in Ukraine during the upcoming Paris Olympics.

The games, set to occur in just over four months, are seen as a symbol of peace, and Macron's message reinforces this ethos.

In an interview with Ukrainian television, reported by VG, Macron emphasized the importance of the Olympic truce. "We will ask for it (a ceasefire)," Macron stated, adding, "The host country adheres to the Olympic movement. This is a message of peace."

Olympic Controversy

The potential participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes at the Olympics has been a contentious issue. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo earlier this week expressed her preference for athletes from these two countries to abstain from participating in the games.

This stance follows the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) December decision allowing Russian athletes to compete as individual, neutral participants, subject to specific conditions. These include no affiliations with the military or intelligence services and a prohibition against actively supporting the war in Ukraine.

Putin has criticized these conditions, warning that they could "bury the Olympic movement." Meanwhile, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee affirmed on Thursday that Russia would not be absent from the Olympics, scheduled between July 26 and August 11.

This development underscores the ongoing tensions surrounding the war in Ukraine and the broader implications for international events like the Olympics, intended to promote peace and unity among nations.

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