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France says Macron, Germany’s Scholz asked Putin to end siege of Mariupol

French President Emmanuel Macron greets German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (right) at the Palace of Versailles, near Paris, on March 10, 2022, prior to the EU leaders summit to discuss the fallout of Russia's invasion in Ukraine. (Ludovic Marin/AFP)
French President Emmanuel Macron greets German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (right) at the Palace of Versailles, near Paris, on March 10, 2022, prior to the EU leaders summit to discuss the fallout of Russia's invasion in Ukraine. (Ludovic Marin/AFP)

PARIS — France and Germany urged Russia’s Vladimir Putin to end a deadly days-long siege of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, the French presidency says.

After a three-way phone call today with the Russian leader and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron’s office also accuses Putin of “lies” for alleging that Ukrainian forces had committed human rights abuses.

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