Le Pen vows to prevent troop placement to Ukraine

(MENAFN) Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Rally (RN) party, has pledged to prevent any potential deployment of French troops to Ukraine and to restrict Kiev from using French-supplied weaponry for strikes on Russian territory if her party secures victory in the parliamentary elections. In an interview with CNN ahead of the upcoming second round of voting, Le Pen emphasized that the final decision on troop deployments rests with the prime minister, regardless of President Emmanuel Macron's stance.

Le Pen's stance diverges sharply from the approaches adopted by most Western leaders, who have allowed their countries' weaponry to be used in Ukraine without considering it a direct involvement in the conflict. She argued that allowing Kiev to use French-supplied weapons in such strikes would effectively make France a "co-belligerent" in the conflict, a position she vehemently opposes.

The RN leader's comments underscore a significant policy shift that contrasts with Macron's increasingly assertive rhetoric on the Ukrainian crisis in recent months. Le Pen's party, if in power, would seek to reassert French sovereignty in foreign military engagements and avoid entanglements perceived as exacerbating tensions between Russia and Ukraine. This stance also reflects broader geopolitical concerns, with Moscow warning against Western military support to Kiev, viewing it as fueling a proxy war against Russia.

The implications of Le Pen's proposals extend beyond domestic policy debates, potentially influencing France's role within NATO and its broader relations with European allies and Russia. Her remarks have sparked debates on national security, sovereignty, and France's international obligations, framing the upcoming elections as pivotal for the country's foreign policy direction.



Legal Disclaimer:
MENAFN provides the information “as is” without warranty of any kind. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, images, videos, licenses, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained in this article. If you have any complaints or copyright issues related to this article, kindly contact the provider above.