France defends EU recovery plan after criticism from far left and right

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FILE PHOTO: Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, attends government session questions at the National Assembly in Paris, France, July 8, 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday rejected accusations by the country’s far-right and far-left parties that President Emmanuel Macron had struck a deal that sold Paris short, saying he was “historic” and demonstrated European solidarity.

“You call it failure. I call it a historic breakthrough, ”Le Drian replied to legislators in parliament. “It was normal to help Italy and Spain because they were the most affected by the crisis. Europe has found solidarity. “

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Alex Richardson

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