No one would like to receive Putin’s congratulatory message to Macron

Chesnot via Getty Images Vladimir Putin welcomed by Emmanuel Macron during a Russian diplomatic visit to the Élysée Palace in December 2019.

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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.

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.

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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No one would like to receive Putin’s congratulatory message to Macron