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Former French President Supports Putin, Criticizes Hollande

© Sputnik / Sergey Guneev / Go to the mediabankRussian President Vladimir Putin (right) and French president Francois Hollande
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and French president Francois Hollande - Sputnik International
After speaking with Vladimir Putin, former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing started to finally understand and even defend Russia’s position in media, French diplomat Roland Hureaux said on Atlantico’s news portal.

Interestingly, in the past the former French President had a reputation of being a pro-US Atlanticist thinker.

Giscard d'Estaing defended the "annexation of Crimea," stating that the peninsula had always been Russian in the past. Furthermore, he said that the 2013-2014 Maidan protests and the subsequent overthrow of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych were orchestrated by the CIA, Hureaux said.

By saying these statements, which some consider controversial in the West, Giscard d'Estaing is swimming against the current of mainstream media, the author said.

The French political class is so paralyzed that nobody dares to criticize the country's pro-US stance, as the last G7 Group meeting showed. Meanwhile, France itself is suffering, both politically and economically from President Francois Hollande's decisions that are dictated to him from Washington, Hureaux said.

Commenting on the breakdown in relations between France and Russia, French journalist Nicolas Bonnal argued that France's most sensible cultural and political figures, from nineteenth century writer Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand to twentieth century president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, understood that Russia is France's natural ally. - Sputnik International
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Thus, Giscard d'Estaing is the first man of such a big caliber to stand up and openly criticize French policies towards Russia. Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt also supports Giscard d'Estaing's position. Recently, Schmidt criticized the EU Commission, calling its policies incompetent and warlike, the French diplomat said.

Any French President should first and foremost defend his country's national interests, as opposed to Hollande who's blindly following Washington's lead and doing what the White House tells him to do, as the situation with the failed Mistral deal clearly demonstrated, Giscard d'Estaing said.

These kind of statements, coming from former political leaders, reveal that the European public slowly but surely is starting to see lies spread by the mainstream Western media about Russia and its alleged intervention in Ukraine.

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