France’s Macron Weighs Stripping Putin of Legion of Honor Medal

French President Emmanuel Macron is considering revoking Russian President Vladimir Putin’s membership in the country’s Legion of Honor, a prestigious award given to individuals who have made significant contributions to France.

The move follows a dinner snub in Paris by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who was reportedly irked by what he perceived as an inappropriate meeting between Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Macron’s decision has sparked a debate in France over whether Putin’s membership in the Legion of Honor should be revoked, with some arguing it would be a necessary step to send a strong message of disapproval over Putin’s actions in Ukraine.

Others, however, have argued that such a move would be a diplomatic disaster, given the close ties between France and Russia.

The Legion of Honor is France’s highest award and is typically given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the country. Putin was inducted into the Legion of Honor in 2006.

The move by Macron comes as tensions between Russia and Ukraine remain high, with the two countries locked in a conflict that has lasted for more than five years.

The decision by Macron is expected to be announced in the coming days, and could have far-reaching implications for the future of Franco-Russian relations.