France slams "illegal referendums" calls by Ukraine separatists

by Reuters
Friday, 9 May 2014 08:06 GMT

PARIS, May 9 (Reuters) - France on Friday attacked calls by separatists for self-rule referendums in Ukraine.

"France in particular condemns the decision by separatists in eastern Ukraine to hold illegal referendums," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement. "The immediate priority is de-escalation, commitment to national dialogue and preparation of May 25 elections." (Reporting By Brian Love; editing by Mark John)