Controversy at Paris Book Fair as Macron boycotts Russia stand

Controversy at Paris Book Fair as Macron boycotts Russia stand

The four-day Livre Paris book fair, which closed last night (Monday 19th March), had a controversial start this year. In a surprise announcement just hours before President Emmanuel Macron was due to inaugurate the fair on Thursday evening, his office said he would boycott the Russian guest-of-honour stand in support of the UK and Prime Minister Theresa May’s clash with President Vladimir Putin over the attempted poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

The move became a major topic of conversation among professionals, some of whom thought Russian publish...

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