France offers to help Russian opposition leader after alleged poisoning

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French President Emmanuel Macron | Photo: AP/PTI

French President Emmanuel Macron says France is ready to offer hospitalised Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny all necessary assistance after a suspected poisoning.

Macron told reporters Thursday, We are extremely worried and saddened by what happened to Navalny, and that France offered the opposition leader and his family help with medical care or other unspecified protection. Macron insisted on the need to clarify what happened.

Navalny's allies believe his sickness is linked to his political activity. The 44-year-old critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin has faced multiple legal problems, and had supported opposition candidates in upcoming regional elections.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. speaking at a joint news conference with Macron, said Germany also will insist on transparency regarding Navalny's illness and expressed support for him.

Obviously Germany will let him have all the medical help that is needed also in German hospitals, Merkel said. But that must of course be a wish expressed from there. What is also very important is that it will be clarified very urgently how it could come to the situation, Merkel added.

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