July 21, 2020 / 1:24 PM / in 19 days

France defends EU recovery plan after far-left, right criticise

PARIS, July 21 (Reuters) - France’s foreign minister on Tuesday dismissed accusations by far-right and far-left parties in the country that President Emmanuel Macron had struck a deal that sold Paris short, saying it was “historic” and showed European solidarity.

“You call this a failure. I call this a historic advance,” Le Drian responded to lawmakers in parliament. “It was normal to help Italy and Spain because they were most hit by the crisis. Europe has found solidarity.” (Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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