Polish PM Szydlo calls Macron's comments on Poland 'arrogant'

FILE PHOTO: Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo arrives at the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on Friday accused French President Emmanuel Macron of lacking political experience and said his earlier comments about Poland’s international isolation were “arrogant”.

Macron, speaking in a Bulgarian seaside resort during a tour of central Europe, said that Poland was isolating itself in Europe.

“I advise the president that he should be more conciliatory ... Perhaps his arrogant comments are a result of a lack of (political) experience,” Szydlo said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

“I advise the president that he should focus on the affairs of his own country, perhaps he may be able to achieve the same economic results and the same level of security for (French) citizens as those guaranteed by Poland,” she said.

Szydlo added that Macron, who has accused Poland’s right-wing government of spurning EU values, “would not be deciding the future of Europe”, but that it would be shaped by all its members.

Reporting by Pawel Sobczak, writing by Justyna Pawlak; Editing by Lidia Kelly