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article imageVenezuela accuses France's Macron of 'interference'

By AFP     Aug 30, 2017 in World

Venezuela accused French President Emmanuel Macron Wednesday of "interference" in its affairs after he said President Nicolas Maduro had created a "dictatorship" in the crisis-hit country.

Macron's claim in a speech Tuesday was one of the harshest condemnations yet of the South American regime by a European leader.

Venezuela's foreign ministry expressed its "firm rejection of the deplorable comments" by Macron.

"They constitute clear interference in the internal affairs" of Venezuela, it said in a statement.

"They are an assault on Venezuela's institutions and appear driven by the constant imperial obsession with attacking our people."

Maduro has overseen the creation of a new all-powerful loyalist national assembly, a clampdown on the independent media and the sacking of the country's top justice official.

Clashes during protests against his rule claimed 125 lives this year, according to prosecutors.

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