DIPLOMACY The right-wing presidential candidate on Friday denounced from Athens, where she is traveling, “threats” from Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev after his trip to Armenia
Valerie Pécresse. — (Jacques Witt)? Jacques Witt/SIPA
Val&érie P&écresse denounced in front of the press the « gravity of this threat to a candidate for the presidential one who would not be free to go where; she wants » and judged “ the deafening silence of the French government very shocking ». “ These threats do not intimidate me and I would have liked to a solemn response from the French government to this threat from a foreign head of state on a presidential candidate; France”s presidential election,” she said.
The candidate Les Républicains went to Armenia before Christmas, shortly after the passage of the far-right candidate Eric Zemmour, for a visit intended to illustrate its support for Eastern Christians in this Caucasian country. She was notably accompanied by the former European Commissioner and former French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier, one of her campaign advisers.
In an interview Wednesday at; local media, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev blamed to Mrs. Pécresse and Mr. Barnier for going « secretly » to this occasion in the separatist region of Nagorny-Karabakh, at the center of a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan which has left more than 6,500 dead.
“ In case of illegal visits (to Karabakh) we officially express our dissatisfaction with the Russian side », which is in charge of peacekeeping operations in the region. “ We were told 'we didn't see anything, we didn't know, we didn't pay attention (…)'. But we cannot believe (this version of events). (…) In this case, it was an organized visit », he said.
« If we had known they were there, obviously we would not have let them back (to Armenia). The Lachin Corridor (road connecting Armenia and Karabakh) is under our control. We can stop any car there and nobody can tell us anything, » Mr. Aliev.
Valérie P&écresse's lawyer, Me Thibault de Montbrial, announced to AFP the intention of the candidate to file a complaint on Saturday at; Bets for « death threats ». International law protects sitting heads of state from legal action. Val&érie P&écresse started on Friday a trip to Greece, where she must visit a closed camp on Saturday. of migrants and asylum seekers, on the island of Samos.