Macron's statement 'unacceptable', says Polish FM
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Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has slammed "unacceptable" comments by French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, who said he would push for EU sanctions against Poland.
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron at a campaign rally. Photo: EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson.
Waszczykowski added that Macron "violated European standards and the principles of friendship with Poland".
Macron said on Thursday that if he is elected, France would argue for the European Union to introduce sanctions against Poland for “violating all the European Union’s principles”, according to the Voix du Nord daily.
Speaking to the French paper after a meeting at a Whirlpool plant in the northern city of Amiens, whose workers are striking in protest of the whitegoods manufacturer’s decision to move some of its production to Poland, Macron also said that Poland was playing on differences in labour costs, which “we cannot tolerate”.
But Waszczykowski said Macron’s statement called into question the very basis of the European common market, according to the wPolityce.pl website.
Polish deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański also said that Macron undermined the common market, adding that Macron’s words were “purely populist”.
Szymański added that Macron’s announcement was inconsistent with his previous statements, which had indicated he was "remarkably pro-European“.
Polish parliamentary Speaker Marek Kuchciński said sanctions against Poland were “a fantasy”, adding that Macron’s statement was part of his election campaign. (vb/pk)
Source: IAR, PAP