French elections could change the relationship with NATO and war in Ukraine
France is in the middle of the first round of its presidential election. So far, it’s looking like the candidates that will move on into the second round are the center-right incumbent Emmanuel Macron and the far-right Marine Le Pen. The rematch between them could bring some interesting questions up since Le Pen has a long history of being critical of NATO and saying that Ukraine is simply a puppet government for the US. So, if Macron wins, it’s possible that France could continue to get closer to the West. If Le Pen wins, it would mean abandoning that and stepping away from the West.
Marine Le Pen has pledged to pull France, the only nuclearized EU power, out of NATO “so as to be no longer caught up in conflicts that are not ours.”
“[We have] to choose between two evils that are terrible for us and that aren’t of the same nature,” said Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the more leftist candidate, in his concession speech. “Every one of you will face his conscience,” he said, later repeating several times: “We must not give a single vote to Marine Le Pen.”
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