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Macron, Scholz voice deep concern at Georgia foreign influence law

Published : Monday, 20 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 195

PARIS, May 19: The leaders of France and Germany on Sunday said they are "deeply concerned by the situation in Georgia" where parliament approved a controversial "foreign influence" law that goes "against European values".

"It is with deep regret that we take note of the Georgian governments decision... to move away" from the EU candidate countrys European path, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wrote in a Facebook message.

Ruling Georgian Dream party lawmakers voted through the legislation this week in defiance of protesters concerned the ex-Soviet republic is shifting away from a pro-Western course back toward Russia.

The bill has sparked a wave of protests unprecedented in the recent history of the Black Sea nation. Critics say it resembles Russian legislation used to silence dissent.    —AFP

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