Emmanuel Macron spoke about the rapidly escalating war between Russia and the pro-NATO regime in Ukraine. NATO regime in Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron “strongly condemned” Russia’s decision to attack Ukraine and called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop it. French President Emmanuel Macron claimed Putin had attacked Ukraine after Russia launched an offensive in Ukraine, Politico reported, as well as a major attack on peace and stability in Europe.
He spoke shortly after a poll emerged showing that 70 percent of the French public oppose joining the conflict. Defying public opinion, Macron is, however, sending French troops to neighboring Romania and warships and fighter planes to the region.
His speech, therefore, sought to lull workers to sleep about the mounting danger of a Russia-NATO war, while demanding that the French people support NATO war policies and accept massive bloodshed and vast economic sacrifices.
Denouncing “the brutal attack launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin against Ukraine on February 24,” Macron warned: “The coming days will likely be increasingly difficult. … The balance of our continent and many aspects of our daily lives are already transformed by this war and will undergo profound change in the coming months.” “wsws.org“
Earlier this year, France assumed a six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union, giving Macron some diplomatic legitimacy to speak for Europe. A month before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, France assumed a rotating presidency of the EU, leaving incumbent Emmanuel Macron the opportunity to play the role of unofficial leader of the EU.
France is in its Presidential election cycle. President Macron is getting a run for his money against Marine Le Pen in the French polls. France has a totally different way of their elections than we do. It’s not a complicated election cycle, but very different from ours. You can see more about it here.
Far-right politician Marine Le Pen later vowed not to withdraw France from the military alliance until after the war but called for closer NATO-Russia ties after the war ended. On April 13, when Marine Le Pen’s far-right politicians laid out their foreign policy plan, Le Pen confirmed the thought and stated that if she was elected President of France, she would take France out of France’s unified command structure to restore French sovereignty in the field of international security. Marine Le Pen issued a statement last week calling Russia’s actions in Ukraine unfounded and saying they should be “unequivocally” condemned.
Le Pen is leader of France’s nationalist, far-right National Rally party. Since taking over control of the party from her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in 2011, she has attempted to soften its xenophobic image and in 2018 she changed the party’s name from National Front, which has long been associated with racism and antisemitism in Europe, to National Rally.
In 2017, she went head-to-head with newcomer Macron in the second stage of the French election. Although Macron won a decisive victory, Le Pen succeeded in bringing the National Rally, and its radical policy ideas, to the mainstream conversation. Le Pen has indicated she wants closer ties with Russia.
Ahead of the French election in 2017, Le Pen had an audience with Putin at the Kremlin. Russian news agency Tass reported that she criticized E.U sanctions against Russia in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea as “unfair and silly.” She still has a photo of her 2017 visit to the Kremlin on her campaign website. “Reporting by, time.com“
Le Pen distanced herself somewhat from Putin after Ukraine’s invasion of Ukraine, spoke sympathetically about Putin’s motives for the war, and rejected some of the Western coalition’s harsh measures against Russia.
She said that if she is elected president, she will continue to help with defense and intelligence, but will be “careful” about sending weapons because she believes the supplies could drag other countries into Russia’s war against Ukraine.
The Guardian noted that Marine Le Pen took out a loan from a Russian bank in 2014 to fund her 2017 campaign and that she made a high-profile pro-Russian visit at the time she praised President Vladimir Putin.
An obscure Russian aircraft parts company is suing the political party led by French far-right politician Marine Le Pen to recover a $10.8 million that was lent in 2014 to help fund election campaigns in France.
The first hearing in the case is scheduled for June 2 at the Moscow City Court of Arbitration, Russian investigative website Open Media reported on February 3, citing court records.
Le Pen has made no secret of her sympathy for Russian President Vladimir Putin and visited Moscow for high-level talks numerous times. She has criticized Western sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. “rferl.org“
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