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Poland summons French ambassador after Macron calls PM ‘anti-Semitic’

France’s ambassador to Poland was summoned by Poland’s foreign minister on Friday after President Emmanuel Macron called Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki a “far-right anti-Semite”.

The Polish Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassador on Friday, along with spokesman Łukasz Jasina in writing on Twitter that the French ambassador had been summoned following remarks made by President Macron The Parisian newspaper.

The remarks were made during an interview with President Macron on Thursday, who called Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki “a far-right anti-Semite” and claimed, without providing any supporting evidence, that it “prohibits LGBT people”.

Macron previously accused the Polish leader of interfering in the French elections, Le Figaro reports.

Macron also reportedly alleged a close relationship between Prime Minister Morawiecki and his main rival in the presidential race, populist National Rally leader Marine Le Pen.

Morawiecki and Le Pen have attended conservative conferences in recent months, including one organized by the populist VOX party in Spain earlier this year.

Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller reacted to Macron’s remarks on Friday, calling them “incomprehensible” and blaming the rhetoric on the French presidential campaign.

“[T]talking about the Prime Minister of the Polish government in a context of anti-Semitism is, quite simply, a lie, it has nothing to do with the facts,” said Müller, adding: “I hope that this election campaign in France will calm drop a bit, and then the President of France will speak differently and really stick to historical facts.

Macron’s comments in Le Parisien come just days after Prime Minister Morawiecki criticized the French leader for continuing to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“President Macron, how many times did you negotiate with Putin and what did you get?” asked the Polish leader.

“We don’t argue, we don’t negotiate with the criminals. Criminals must be fought,” he continued.

“No one negotiated with Hitler. Would you negotiate with Hitler, with Stalin, with Pol Pot afterwards?

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