Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mistake at Le Monde

PARIS -- French newspaper Le Monde admitted Thursday it had fallen for an April Fools' joke by publishing a purported account by former President Boris Yeltsin that Vladimir Putin owed his meteoric rise to being a good shot.

The respected daily had carried Wednesday what Moskovsky Komsomolets published April 1 as early excerpts of Yeltsin's memoirs.

The account said President-elect Putin caught Yeltsin's eye in a hunting party six years ago when he killed a wild boar with a single shot through the heart.

"Moscow needs such men," Yeltsin was purported to have said.

"With our apologies, we promise [readers] to wait with more patience and caution for the real presidential memoirs," Le Monde said.

The account in Moskovsky Komsomolets also quoted Yeltsin as saying that he was persuaded to resign by his daughter Tatyana Dyachenko and that Putin had first shied away from taking over the interim presidency, then accepted after a night's thought.