Poland summons French ambassador after Macron insults prime minister
11 April 2022 | 7:50 am
Warsaw requested an explanation from the French ambassador over comments made by the French president. The French president strongly criticized Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in a newspaper interview.
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Tens of thousands of civilians have been fleeing Ukraine for Poland, many on packed trains arriving at the border city of Przemysl. Most of those arriving at the train station in the southeastern city are women and children, as well as some elderly people.
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