The appalling greed of French companies over Russia

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On Wednesday Match 23rd the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky called on French companies to quit their involvement with Russia, but without much success. This can largely can be put down to the greed of the business world. But as Mediapart co-founder Laurent Mauduit argues in this op-ed article, the lack of solidarity by businesses can also be explained by the French government's ambiguous stance on the issue.

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The contrast was striking. On Wednesday March 23rd a video address by the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to France's National Assembly and Senate produced a very rare moment of national unity. Yet within a few hours his appeals, in particular those aimed at large French companies with a presence in Russia, had been met with a chorus of hypocrisy, even outright rejection. First came the emotion, then the disillusionment...