France does not recognize the results of the "election" to the State Duma of Russia, which took place on the territory of the annexed Crimea, according to the website of the French Embassy in Ukraine.
“France does not recognize either the legitimacy of the organization or the results of the voting, which took place in Crimea on September 18 this year. Our position is clear and steadfast: like the European Union and the entire international community, France does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea,” reads the statement.
September 18, Russian citizens voted for MPs to the State Duma. Considering Crimea the Russian territory and breaching the international law, the RF illegally opened polling stations in the occupied part of Ukraine.
Most countries have refused to send observers to the elections in Crimea. The OSCE and the Venice Commission did not monitor the results of the voting in the occupied peninsula as well.
Ukraine strongly condemned the conduct of the Russian elections on its territory and called on other countries not to recognize the results, maintaining a policy of non-recognition of annexation.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that "any results of these elections are null and void", and that the Russian parliamentary elections, which breach the international law, call into question the legitimacy of the elected State Duma and is the reason to expand sanctions against Russia.
A video evidence of voting falsification in Russia has already been put on the Internet.