May 24, 2018 / 8:00 PM / 9 months ago

SOCCER-Macron will attend World Cup in Russia if France makes semi-finals

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 24 (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said he would travel to Russia this summer for the soccer World Cup if the French team made it to the semi-finals.

Campaign groups including Human Rights Watch have pressed Macron to boycott the tournament over Russia’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.

Macron was speaking at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Reporting by Michel Rose; Writing by Richard Lough; editing by John Stonestreet)

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