Copyright © 2024 Euromaidanpress.com

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

French far-right leader vows to not let “Russian imperialism absorb” Ukraine, but opposes sending long-range missiles if elected

Jordan Bardella, leader of France’s far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party, pledged to support Ukraine while simultaneously avoiding an escalation with Russia if his party wins the upcoming parliamentary elections.
French far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party president Jordan Bardella.
French far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party president Jordan Bardella. Source: Julien de Rosa, AFP
French far-right leader vows to not let “Russian imperialism absorb” Ukraine, but opposes sending long-range missiles if elected

In a televised debate on Thursday, Jordan Bardella, French leader of the far-right Rassemblement National (RN), stated that his party would not allow Russia to absorb Ukraine if it came to power in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

In the June 2024 European Parliament elections, far-right parties gained more seats in the government, particularly in France and Germany. The French far-right party doubled its number of seats compared to President Emmanuel Macron’s allies, with Bardella gaining an opportunity to become the next French Prime Minister. 

“I will not let Russian imperialism absorb an allied state like Ukraine,” Bardella said, pledging both “support for Ukraine and avoiding an escalation with Russia.” 

The debate, which also featured Prime Minister Gabriel Attal and Socialist leader Olivier Faure, came after RN’s three-time presidential candidate Marine Le Pen questioned French President Emmanuel Macron’s ability to serve as commander-in-chief of the armed forces if the RN won the election, according to France 24. 

Bardella also expressed his opposition to sending French soldiers to Ukraine, citing the risk of “co-belligerence” in the war, after President Macron did not rule out the possibility of deploying French troops to Ukraine.

“There are many European countries that do not want their soldiers sent to Ukrainian territory,” he said.

Earlier, Bardella stated he would oppose sending long-range missiles to Ukraine for strikes inside Russia if elected Prime Minister, citing escalation risks. This stance contrasts with most NATO and EU allies’ support for Ukraine’s use of Western weapons against Russia.

“My compass is the interest of France and the French,” Bardella stated during the debate.

Even if Bardella becomes Prime Minister, Macron would remain French president and the head of France’s army, however, he would lose control over key domestic issues like economic policy, security, immigration, and finances, which would affect aid to Ukraine.

Related:

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here


    Will the West continue to support Ukraine?
    • Know what moves the world.
    • Premium journalism from across Europe.
    • Tailored to your needs, translated into English.
    Special discount
    for Euromaidan Press readers
    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts