Le Pen promised to withdraw France from the military structures of NATO, as de Gaulle did in 1966. She also noted that she would “advocate a strategic rapprochement between NATO and Russia” when and if Moscow and Kyiv conclude a peace treaty
Marine Le Pen
French presidential candidate, leader of the far-right Rally National party Marine Le Pen promised to withdraw the country from NATO Joint Command if she won the elections, writes Le Monde.
“If I am elected president, I will withdraw from NATO Joint Command, but will not waive Article 5 on Mutual Defense member countries of the North Atlantic Alliance»,— said Le Pen at a press conference.
She stressed that she would not transfer French troops to either the NATO Joint Command or the future European Command. “I just want to go back to the policy that France had from 1966 to 2009,” — noted the presidential candidate.
Le Pen also promised that she would “advocate for a strategic rapprochement between NATO and Russia” when and if Russia and Ukraine conclude a peace treaty.
In July 1966, France withdrew from the NATO military organization, but remained a member of the political structure of the North Atlantic Treaty. This decision was made by President Charles de Gaulle, who pursued a policy of returning France to the “status of a great power”, which included the resolution of colonial problems, the creation of its own nuclear weapons, and getting rid of dependence on the United States militarily, economically and financially. In 2009, under Nicolas Sarkozy, France returned to the military structures of the alliance.
Presidential elections in France have been held since April 10. The leaders in the first round were the current head of state Emmanuel Macron (27.84%) and Marine Le Pen (23.15%). In third place was the head of the “Unconquered France” party; Jean-Luc Mélenchon (21.95%), other candidates scored less than 8%.
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Macron and Le Pen will participate in the second round of elections, which will be held on April 24. They already competed in the second round of the presidential election in 2017. Then Macron won with 66.10% of the vote.
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