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France's Macron calls on Russia to favour dialogue in Belarus -Elysee

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the 76th anniversary of the Allied landings in Provence in World War II which helped liberate southern France, in Bormes-les-Mimosas, France, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Pool

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron called on Russia to favour dialogue in Belarus after a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Macron’s office said on Tuesday.

Belarus has been convulsed by protest and seen a violent crackdowns since an Aug. 9 presidential election in which incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory that the country’s opposition labelled a fraud.

European Union leaders are due to meet on Wednesday to discuss possible sanctions against Belarus.

Reporting by Matthieu Protard; editing by John Stonestreet