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POLITICS – A political tradition between Heads of State. Like others before him, Vladimir Putin sent a message of congratulations to his French counterpart after his victory in the second round of the presidential election on Sunday April 24.
This Monday, April 25, Vladimir Putin sent a telegram to Emmanuel Macron, wishing him “success” for his new mandate, despite the tense context between the two countries linked to the war in Ukraine. “I sincerely wish you success in your public action, as well as good health,” wrote the Russian president in the only sentence of this message.
Nothing abnormal at first glance. Yet many reactions have underlined the strange nature of a detail in this sentence: Vladimir Putin wishes “good health” to his counterpart.
Simple words that provoked many reactions on social networks after the publication of the message from the Kremlin. Disguised threat, message worthy of a James Bond villain or simple uneasiness in the face of this turn of phrase, Vladimir Putin’s words did not leave anyone indifferent.
And especially a good health” ! 🍻 Macron can take two or three tasters like Cleopatra I think… 😆
— MG (@MiguelGaut)
@afpfr If I were Macron, I wouldn’t like this “good health”, there are too many innuendos 🤣
— Pascal Bedaton 🇪🇺🇺🇦🥋 (@PascalBed)
“As well as good health.” When Vladimir Putin wishes you that, it’s never a good sign… ☠️…
@anais_watt @afpfr it sounds like a villain in a James Bond. – And good health Mr. Bond *evil laugh*
— GiiiZzo (@Giiiiiizzo)
@afpfr Ouhla, Vladimir Poutine who wishes you good health, it’s scary…
— Arthur Jv 🚶🏻 (@arthur_jve)
A good health ? Looks like a threat in disguise…
— Frenchie 🇨🇵 🇪🇺 (@Sassy_Frenchie)
A habit of the head of the Kremlin
Despite the strange feeling caused by this message, undoubtedly linked to the climate of the war in Ukraine, this turn of phrase of the Russian president on the health of Emmanuel Macron is in fact a long-standing habit.
To congratulate his foreign counterparts (whether allies or not) Vladimir Putin regularly uses polite phrases related to health, such as “good health” or “prosperity”.
On March 10, for example, he wished “success, good health and prosperity” to Yoon Seok Yol, after his election as President of South Korea. Another example on October 25, 2021 with the re-election of Shavkat Mirziyoyev as head of Uzbekistan, where Putin wished the Uzbek head of state good health and well-being.
No reason to get excited, this is not the first time that Vladimir Putin has wished good health to a president…
— Vincent Glad (@vincentglad)
Latest example on April 12, when the head of the Kremlin congratulated Shahbaz Sharif for his election as Prime Minister of Pakistan with these words: “success, good health and prosperity”, once again. Just a matter of protocol.
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