Request for clarifications about: “У ФРАНЦІЇ РЕТРАНСЛЮЮТЬ ПУТІНСЬКУ ПРОПАГАНДУ,БО ДОСІ НЕ ЗМИРИЛИСЯ ЗІ СВОЇМ МИНУЛИМ”
Dear Madam, dear Sir,
I have read the interview of Ms Jaillard-Chesanovska by M. Aleksei Kaftan. I would like to express, here, the way I understand it.
Like Moreira’s movie, this interview gives just one partial aspect of the issue and leads to confusing generalisations. First of all, we have to remember that it was not the trial of Moreira’s movie. It was a personal case between M. Moreira and Ms. Jaillard-Chesanovska. The court did not pronounce itself about Moreira’s movie. It was not the question. It was not the goal. It is not a question of freedom of speech. It is a question of defamation from Ms. Jaillard-Chesanovska. It is the reason why Moreira sued Ms Jaillard-Chesanovska. The court decision is only about this defamation..
Readers of this article have to know that a very large number of respected actual journalists and researchers from France took documented positions against M. Moreira’s movie. They made it on a professional way and not only emotional positions. They relied on facts and not personal animosity, frustrations and assumptions. These professional journalists and researchers have been heard. They sunk Moreira’s credibility. They have not been sued.
Moreira’s is one of the French Putinists, like you have also Putinists in Ukraine. What thinks Moreira is not what the majority of French people think. More than 80% of French people do not trust Putin. Assuming a popular support of Putin’s thesis thru Moreira based on a foggy re-writing of French history is not only out of scope. It is insulting.
I am a French pro-Ukraine activist since more than 3 years. I was on Maidan. I communicated about Maidan with my compatriots (photo exhibitions, articles, interviews press & TV, see some examples below). I attended and attends pro-Ukraine demonstrations. I was one of the two cofounders and the spoke person of the international movement “No mistrals for Putin”. I continue to be involved in actions to make our two nations closer. I am surprised by the way the interviewer states oriented questions and by the lack of knowledge Ms Jaillard-Chesanovska expresses about French history and society. I have the feeling to read a mix of soviet/putinist “clichés”. This is not the reality. These are not the French culture and values. This is not France. This is not Ukraine. This is “Russian kasha” to stay polite.
The result of this article is unfair for France and not an help for Ukraine. It leads to francophobia and anti-French hysteria for personal conveniences, at a time we have to be united against Kremlin.
I am ready to be interviewed by the author of the article or by anyone else from “DSNEWS” to give a more complete vision of the situation. I hope this could help.
Vive la France!
Bernard Grua, Nantes, Bretagne, France
Notes, some examples of Bernard Grua’s activism for Ukraine:
- Informnapalm: “À propos de Maïdan, un Nantais à Kyiv”
- Ouest France: “Douloureuse amitié pour les populations d’Ukraine”
- First anniversary of Maidan in Ukrainian cultural institute: “Exposition. Les photos d’Ukraine du Nantais Bernard Grua à Paris”
- Website: “No Mistrals for Putin”
- One of the demonstrations, in St Nazaire, against Mistrals delivery (video): “Discours de Bernard Grua devant le navire “Sébastopol” “
- Meeting with President Poroshenko about Mistrals (video): “Petro Porochenko avec Bernard Grua, le 22 avril 2015”
- L’Express, article about debunking Kremlin’s propaganda: “Sabordage des Mistral: “Comment les médias français ont été manipulés””
- Website: “Maintien des sanctions”
- Ukraine Crisis Media Center (article): “Les sanctions européennes contre le Kremlin n’ont quasiment aucun impact pour l’économie française”
Ukraine’s promotion in France
- Ukraine Crisis Media Center (article): “Tchaïka, la diplomatie fraternelle des Cosaques en Bretagne”
- Ukrinform: “Basket 3X3 World Cup 2017: le panache des mousquetaires ukrainiens à Nantes”