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2024 legislative elections: what are the main parties proposing on foreign policy?

The subject was sidelined during the televised debate on Tuesday, June 25, 2024. “Unfortunately, we will not be able to talk about France in the world” due to lack of time, said journalist Anne-Claire Coudray on the TF1 set, shortly after 10:24 p.m. Five days before the first round of a lightning campaign for the legislative elections, we take stock of the positions of the different parties in the running on international issues.

On the war in Ukraine

Since Sunday, June 9, the date of the results of the European elections and the dissolution, the war in Ukraine has almost disappeared from political debates. However, Emmanuel Macron had made it a central subject, even giving a televised interview largely focused on the conflict, three days before the vote.

The situation in Ukraine was also the subject of many disagreements on the left, where the National Rally has always shown ambiguity on the subject, the result of fifteen years of commitment to the Kremlin. Despite this turnaround, the various parties have nevertheless made their positions known on the subject.

The New Popular Front

“The defense of Ukraine and peace on the European continent” are the watchwords of the left-wing alliance that supports the sending of the necessary weapons, and the cancellation of Ukraine’s foreign debt, the seizure of the assets of the oligarchs who contribute to the Russian war effort.

The National Rally

Jordan Bardella considered, during his trip to the Eurosatory world defense exhibition, in Villepinte (Seine-Saint-Denis) on June 19, that “Ukraine must be able to defend itself”, while refusing the country’s membership in the European Union.

He did not, however, say how the RN would support Ukraine if it reaches Matignon, but defined “red lines” that should not be crossed. Jordan Bardella refuses to send long-range missiles to the Ukrainians to target Russian territory, in order to “avoid any risk of escalation” according to him. Jordan Bardella did, however, state that he will be “extremely vigilant (in the face of) Russia’s attempts at interference.”

This article is originally published on ouest-france.fr

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