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Despite British boycott, President Macron attends France's FIFA World Cup semi-final game

French President Emmanuel Macron waves beside Belgian King Philippe (C) and Belgian Queen Mathilde Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team Russia Jul 11, 2018, 12.41 AM (IST)

President Emmanuel Macron attended France's World Cup semi-final in Russia on Tuesday, despite ally Britain pursuing a diplomatic boycott of the tournament over a nerve agent attack.

Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were also in attendance to watch their country play against France. 

Macron had issued a statement promising to attend the match if France reached the semi-finals in Saint Petersburg, The team went through with an assured 2-0 win against Uruguay to book their place.

Meanwhile, British officials are boycotting the tournament after blaming Moscow for the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in March.

However, the Kremlin has strongly denied that it was behind the attack on Skripal and his daughter. 

British Prime Minister Theresa May also announced an official boycott of the World Cup earlier this year. 
 

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