The French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier does not believe that the French “No” for start of EU membership talks with Macedonia is not a direct hit by Paris against Skopje. “This is not a hit. It is not up to us all just to open the negotiations, we need to conduct them successfully too. For that, North Macedonia needs to work more so that all chapters are open and closed with success. Work harder, and you shall earn the date for start of membership negotiations with the EU,” Thimonier said.