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Through the voice of its parliamentary leaders, the Les Républicains party asked President Emmanuel Macron “to demand, in the name of France, a solemn apology” from the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev, after their Presidential candidate Valérie Pécresse denounced the “threats” of which she claims to be the victim from the Azerbaijani head of state.

The latter had reproached the LR candidate on January 12 for having gone “secretly” to the Nagorno-Karabakh region, at the center of a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan which left more than 6,500 dead. Nagorno-Karabakh is a region of Azerbaijan populated mainly by Armenians, which declared its independence on September 2, 1991, but has not been recognized by any member of the UN.

The candidate Les Républicains had gone to Armenia before Christmas, shortly after the passage of candidate Eric Zemmour, for a visit intended to illustrate her support for Eastern Christians in this Caucasus country. She was notably accompanied by the former European Commissioner and former French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier, one of her campaign advisers. The delegation then made a detour via Nagorno-Karabakh, before returning to Armenia. “If we had known they were there, obviously we wouldn’t have let them back. [en Arménie]. The Lachin Corridor [reliant l’Arménie et le Karabakh] is under our control. We can stop any car there and no one can tell us anything,” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told local media.

A thinly veiled threat to our nation, its government and its representatives

In response, MP Damien Abad, Senator Bruno Retailleau and MEP François-Xavier Bellamy sent a letter, published on January 16 by the JDDand initialed by the majority of elected LRs, in which they denounce “scandalous remarks” which “cannot remain without a response from France”. “Not only does this statement amount to a call to hatred against a French public official, regional president and presidential candidate, but it constitutes a thinly veiled threat against our nation, its government and its representatives, given the ties that unite our country with Armenia”, they develop. “France’s attitude must be equal to the magnificent example given by Armenia from the depths of its suffering,” they write in conclusion.

Valérie Pécresse’s lawyer, Me Thibault de Montbrial, had announced to AFP the intention of the candidate to file a complaint on January 15 in Paris for “death threats”. The LR representative herself denounced the day before from Athens, where she was traveling, “threats” from the Azerbaijani president, saying that they did not “intimidate” him. She also found “the deafening silence of the French government very shocking”. “I would have liked a solemn response from the French government to this threat from a foreign head of state on a French presidential candidate,” she said.

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