Poland’s president tricked by a Russian prankster pretending to be Macron

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Polish President Andrzej Duda spoke to a Russian prankster impersonating French President Emmanuel Macron just hours after an explosion near the border with Ukraine killed two, the Polish government confirmed on Tuesday.

Duda’s office took to Twitter to confirm that someone posing as Macron was able to connect with the Polish president and spoke to him for more than seven minutes, according to some reports.

Polish President Andrzej Duda speaks at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.

Polish President Andrzej Duda speaks at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
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“After the rocket explosion in Przewod√≥w, during ongoing calls with heads of state and government, a person claiming to be French President Emmanuel Macron was connected,” Duda’s office said. “While on duty, President Duda realized from the unusual way of conducting the conversation by the interlocutor that there might have been an attempt at fraud and ended the conversation.

“After this merger, the KPRP immediately took explanatory actions in cooperation with the relevant services,” the president’s office added, referring to Duda’s political party.

According to a Reuters report, Russian comedians Vovan and Lexus released the seven-and-a-half-minute call with Duda in which someone could be heard trying to put on a fake French accent while engaging with the president.

It’s unclear whether any comedian was responsible for the call.

Aerial view taken on November 17, 2022, shows the site where a missile attack killed two men in the eastern Polish village of Przewodow, near the border with war-torn Ukraine, on November 15 of 2022.

Aerial view taken on November 17, 2022, shows the site where a missile attack killed two men in the eastern Polish village of Przewodow, near the border with war-torn Ukraine, on November 15 of 2022.
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“Emanuel, believe me, I’m very careful,” Duda could be heard telling the caller. “I don’t want to have a war with Russia and believe me, I’m very careful, very careful.”

The prank call is reportedly the second time a prankster has been able to successfully communicate with Duda and came as world leaders scrambled to find out where the missile that killed two came from.

Reports initially suggested the missile was believed to have been placed by Russian forces in the midst of their war in Ukraine, a reality that could have had substantial implications for NATO’s involvement.

NATO officials later said that a preliminary investigation showed that the “explosion” that occurred just over the Polish border likely came from Kyiv’s defense systems.

Police officers check documents at a checkpoint near the scene of the explosion in Przewodow, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022.

Police officers check documents at a checkpoint near the scene of the explosion in Przewodow, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022.
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Duda’s office is investigating how a prankster was able to get back in touch with the president after Vovan and Lexus impersonated UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres while on a call with the Polish leader on 2020

Duda is not the only high-ranking official to have been attacked by Russian comedians in recent years, as Macron and former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, among others, have also fallen victim to pranksters.

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