[Ed. – Confusing. I thought Russia was bad. Russia was SO bad, Merkel was going to melt down if Russia didn’t stop being bad, and Macron was nearly derailed from his manifest destiny by a cataclysmic round of Russia’s occult “interference” in the French election. Now Russia is the new Favorite Superpower of the EU Righteous? I mean, “Russia is going to kill the entire planet with the Election Interference Death Ray” was only 3 weeks ago. Now Macron is making like a Pajama Boy with a man-crush.]
But here’s the intriguing thing that shows how badly [Macron] wants to court Putin. From RT News:
The new French president, who in the past has been critical of Moscow’s policies, is due to host President Vladimir Putin for the first time at the Chateau de Versailles. The meeting comes less than a month after Emmanuel Macron assumed office.
Macron invited Putin to participate in the inauguration of a major exhibition celebrating the 300th anniversary of Peter the Great’s diplomatic visit to France in 1717.
“I have respect for Russia, and I invite Vladimir Putin in the framework of a three hundred year diplomatic relationship,” Macron said this weekend.
Clearly, Macron is making an extensive effort to go all out to please Putin. He obviously knows that Putin is obsessed with Peter the Great and would do anything to match the great Russian hero’s achievements. It’s a sign he knows how to flatter Putin – in a way that Putin likes, to put a La Rochefoucauldian touch on it.