Disinfo: Macron’s shunning of Russian journalists is modern-day racism


When President Emmanuel Macron treats the French media with due respect but dismisses their Russian counterparts as mere imitations of Western outlets and “not real journalists,” this constitutes a modern form of racism.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative of Western Russophobia.

In May 2017 as a newly elected president of France Emmanuel Macron said during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin:  "I have always had an exemplary relationship with foreign journalists, but they have to be journalists. [...] Russia Today and Sputnik were agents of influence and propaganda that spread falsehoods about me and my campaign."

The French leader was not censuring RT and Sputnik for their Russian origins, but rather due to their active involvement in the extensive, well-documented effort by the Kremlin to influence the outcome of the 2017 French presidential election. See here for a Sputnik article from April 2017 accusing Macron of working for US bankers and "the gay lobby."

See here and here for additional debunking of Kremlin's denials regarding the French presidential poll. See here for another recent case blaming concerns over pro-Kremlin disinformation on Russophobia.


  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, France
  • Keywords: Emmanuel Macron, Racism, West, Freedom of speech, Russophobia


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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In 2014 genocide against Russians began in Ukraine

The genocide of the Russians in Ukraine began in 2014 with the violation of the rights of  Ukraine’s Russian-speaking population, which led to the referendum in Crimea and the creation of the DNR and the LNR.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about illegal annexation of Crimea, status of the Russian language and war in Ukraine.

Human rights missions that travelled to Ukraine in 2014 did not find evidence that the Russian minority would have been in danger:

Wherever Russia goes, wars stop

Wherever Russia goes, wars stop.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Russia is a peaceful country. Since 1991 Russia was involved in several international conflicts, including intervention in neighboring states, such as Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014.

Many international organisations condemned the Russian occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia; e.g. the OSCE statement and European Parliament's declaration.

The EU has turned away from Ukraine

European politicians long ago turned their backs on Ukraine and stopped helping the country.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the European Union is tired of Ukraine and no longer wants to help it.

The EU sees Ukraine as a priority partner. It supports Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous, and democratic future for its citizens, and unequivocally supports Ukraine’s independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty. Relations between Ukraine and the EU are based on the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, which affirms Ukraine’s independence and inviolability of borders. The Association Agreement, including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together, promoting deeper political ties, stronger economic links and respect for common values. Since 2014, the EU and the European Financial Institutions have mobilised a package of more than €15 billion in grants and loans to support Ukraine’s reform process – the biggest support package in the EU’s history. In 2017, the EU approved visa-free travel for Ukrainians. For more information about EU-Ukraine relations, see here.