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French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday stated France has info that Islamic State (IS) carried out Friday’s assault in a Moscow live performance corridor, warning Russia in opposition to exploiting the assault by blaming it on Ukraine.

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France has intelligence that “it was an entity of Islamic State that planned the attack and carried it out,” Macron instructed reporters after arriving on a visit to the French South American area of French Guiana.

He added that “this particular group made several attempts (at attacks) on our own soil.”

Macron nevertheless warned Russia in opposition to any “exploitation” of the assault, saying it might be “cynical and counterproductive for Russia to use this context to try and turn it against Ukraine”.

IS has claimed duty for the Friday night assault in Moscow by which 137 individuals have been killed.

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But Moscow has refused to touch upon the declare, with safety providers and President Vladimir Putin suggesting the perpetrators may need been linked to its adversary Kyiv.

Macron stated Paris had provided Russian safety providers “increased cooperation” — including that there could be contact on a “technical and ministerial level” moderately than direct talks with Putin.

The French chief has not spoken with Putin since making an attempt in a sequence of cellphone calls in 2022 to speak him down from his invasion of Ukraine.

“We’ll see how the context evolves and whether the coming days or weeks justify” a private dialog, Macron stated.