Dismissing concerns among some in the global community that Moscow poses a danger, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Western countries should not "invent imaginary threats", Le Figaro reported on Tuesday.
Commenting on anti-Russian sanctions, Macron warned that new sanctions against Russia may only be caused by escalation of the Ukrainian conflict.
The comments underscored the clear differences between the two men on multiple issues and fulfilled the French President's campaign promises to pull no punches with Russian Federation when needed. He added that last week's suicide attack on Manchester Arena emphasized the need to pool efforts in the fight against worldwide terrorism, so the talks will also touch on that.
He said he wanted to work with Putin to that end. Putin cancelled his last planned visit in October after Hollande accused Russian Federation of war crimes in Syria.
"What unites us allows us to hope that the possibility exists to improve our ties", he later added.
But there was no disguising the rifts.
"There is a red line in the form of the use of chemical weapons, and it will be a reason for immediate response", Macron said at a press conference following the talks with Russian President Putin.
France flies warplanes over Syria and Iraq, striking Islamic State targets as part of an global coalition.
A more candid Macron let fly when questioned about two pro-Kremlin media outlets that were barred from his campaign headquarters after being accused of a smear campaign.
I will never give in to that.
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Putin, seemingly unfazed, pushed back any suggestion that Russian Federation sought to influence the election.
Moscow strongly denied all allegations of meddling in the French election that Macron won on May 7.
As a fervent Europhile, Macron was a direct target of Kremlin-backed hackers, if not the Kremlin itself, during the presidential campaign, in which he comfortably defeated the far-right's Marine Le Pen.
Putin described Le Pen as a politician who wants to develop friendly ties with Russian Federation. "Besides, that is nearly impossible", he said.
Mr Macron said he expected some tough words.
Yet Macron's not afraid to go up against with not-so-friendly types, which is why he pulled off a "not innocent" handshake with President Trump to ward off an Alpha-Omega relationship.
The New York Times confirms that Macron trashed the Russian propaganda outlets, which he says are not examples of true journalism. "It was a frank exchange, extremely direct ..."
At the G7 summit in Sicily at the weekend Mr Macron said: "It is essential to talk to Russian Federation because there are a number of worldwide issues that will not be resolved without a tough dialogue with them".
The body language Monday was good.
Ahead of Putin's visit, the 39-year-old centrist told a French weekly that he was not "bothered" by leaders who "think in terms of power dynamics".
Despite this clearly awkward exchange, the choice of location-Versailles-indicated that Macron wanted to welcome a friendly relationship with Russian Federation, as he led him around an exhibition that is celebrating the 300th anniversary of Peter the Great's visit to France and the rich history of these two nations. "It adds a bit of grandeur to welcome Putin to Versailles".
The news conference was held in the palace's largest room, the Gallery of Great Battles, which celebrates 14 centuries of French military successes.