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Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Marine Le Pen and Fabien Roussel reject their ambition to take France out of NATO at the end of the war in Ukraine

Jean-Luc Mélenchon holds a speech in Paris, March 20, 2022.

“It is no longer the news to leave NATO today, of course”, conceded the communist candidate for the presidential election, Fabien Roussel, on the set of France 2, Thursday, March 24. A few seconds earlier, the deputy from the North nodded while listening to the journalist Léa Salamé point out, in her program, a measure providing for “to leave NATO and even dismantle it”. “We will see what the outcome of this conflict will be”declared Mr. Roussel, before proposing the construction of a “other collective security treaty” in Europe and worldwide.

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A month after the start of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, the candidates most critical of France’s presence in the integrated military command of the Atlanticist organization are overtaken by the near operational impossibility of envisaging a departure in full war. “Trust me to wait for the best conditions to realize this decision. No doubt it is not in the heat of today that this decision is necessary “said Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Sunday, during the program “Political Questions”, on France Inter.

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The decision to leave remains “more valid than ever”he at the same time estimated, hammering – as he has been doing for several weeks – that a non-alignment of France in international relations “does not mean neutral (…). I am not unaligned between Mr. Zelensky and Mr. Putin. It is quite clear that I am on the side of Mr. Zelensky against Mr. Putin. But, in each case, France must be able to have an autonomy of dialogue and it must be able to defend itself..

“We are not going to do it while there is a war in a European country”also declared on CNews, Thursday evening, Marine Le Pen. “We must not give the signal. There is no question, especially at this time, of leaving the Western camp, but it will have to be done”added the far-right candidate, who was received by Vladimir Putin in 2017 and whose party continues to repay a loan to a Russian creditor.

She justified this exit from NATO’s integrated command, meeting on Thursday in Brussels for an extraordinary summit, by the fact that “it is not the DNA of our country not to be independent, and not to work to have a complete army format”. “Our army has rested a bit under the NATO umbrella, we said to ourselves: ‘We don’t need to make big budgetary efforts (…) investments because we have NATO anyway”she justified.

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Instead of a ” reinforcement “ of NATO in Europe, she said she would prefer “that the various European countries, through cooperation agreements, be able to assume their own defence”. The candidate reiterated her opposition to the sanctions against Russia which would have “for consequences of destroying the French economy”.

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