Believe me, Emmanuel, I’m more careful: the Polish president joked on a call than the French president

Highlights
  • During the call, Polish President Andrzej Duda can be heard speaking in English to the caller, who is trying to put together a French accent.
  • This came on an evening when the world feared that the conflict in Ukraine might spill over beyond its borders.
The Polish president spoke to a fake caller posing as Frenchman Emmanuel Macron on the night a missile hit a village near the Ukrainian border, the office of the Polish president said Tuesday, an admission likely to raise questions about its operations.

In a 7-1/2-minute recording of the call posted online by Russian comedians Vovan and Lexus, Polish President Andrzej Duda can be heard speaking in English to the caller trying to put together a French accent.

The call, the second time in recent years that pranksters from Russia had managed to reach Mr. Duda, came on an evening as the world feared the conflict in Ukraine might spill over beyond its borders.
“Emmanuel, believe me, I’m very careful,” Mr. Duda told the caller.
“I don’t want to go to war with Russia, and believe me, I’m more careful and careful.”
Duda’s office wrote on Twitter: “After the missile explosion in Preziodo, during continuous calls with heads of state and government, a person claiming to be French President Emmanuel Macron was contacted.”

“During the call, Chairman Andrzej Duda realized from the unusual way the interviewer conducted the conversation that there might have been an attempted hoax and ended the conversation.”

The office said Mr. Duda’s office was investigating how callers were able to reach him with related services.
In 2020, Vovan and Lexus called Mr. Duda posing as United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, which raised questions about security and call screening at Mr. Duda’s office.
Two of Duda’s advisers could not immediately be reached for further comment.

Vovan and Lexus are known in Russia for targeting celebrities and politicians with fake phone calls, and have in the past fooled Macron, British singer Elton John and former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, among many others.

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