France reveals why ‘genocide’ term for Ukraine’s invasion is incorrect
The Foreign Affairs Ministry of France on Monday stated that it does not consider it correct to apply the term “genocide” to the events in Ukraine. The statement was made by French Secretary of State Clément Bon.
Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron was seen to be reluctant to use the word ‘genocide’. Instead, he called them war crimes.
According to media reports, Macron said he did not want to engage in wordplay and claimed that he preferred that the conflict ends as soon as possible.
“What we can say for sure is that the situation is unacceptable and that these are war crimes. We are living through war crimes that are unprecedented on our soil — our European soil,” Macron was quoted as saying by local media France 2.
Macron’s statement assumed significance as US President Joe Biden had declared Russia’s conflict in Ukraine a “genocide”.
Biden accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of attempting to “wipe out” the notion of even being a Ukrainian. “Yes, I called it genocide,” Biden said to the media.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has asked his French counterpart to visit Ukraine to witness proof of Russian forces’ purported “genocide”.