French ambassador summoned after Macron's comments in press

In an interview for the "Le Parisien" daily, the French president accused the Polish prime minister of "being an extreme right-wing anti-Semite who excludes LGBT people", adding that Morawiecki wanted to help Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate running in the French presidential election. Mohammed Badra/PAP/EPA

Poland's foreign minister on Friday decided to call the French ambassador to the foreign ministry after French President Emmanuel Macron made derogatory comments about the Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, in a French newspaper.

In an interview for the "Le Parisien" daily, the French president accused the Polish prime minister of "being an extreme right-wing anti-Semite who excludes LGBT people", adding that Morawiecki wanted to help Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate running in the French presidential election.

"Due to the statements made in the interview of the President of the French Republic for 'Le Parisien', Minister Zbigniew Rau has decided to summon the French ambassador to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," the ministry's spokesman, Lukasz Jasina, tweeted.

Earlier in the week the Polish PM had addressed Macron directly with reference to his numerous talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin aimed to end Russia's aggression on Ukraine: "President Macron, how many times have you negotiated with Putin, what have you achieved? Have you stopped any of the actions that have taken place?"

Morawiecki also said that "one does not negotiate with criminals, criminals must be fought".

"Nobody negotiated with Hitler. Would you negotiate with Hitler? Would you negotiate with Stalin? Would you negotiate with Pol Pot?" Morawiecki asked rhetorically.