Far-right leader Marine Le Pen said she opposed sending heavy tanks to Ukraine, fearing it would escalate the ongoing conflict with Russia.
The debate over whether to send heavy weapons to Ukraine, including modern tanks, which is currently rocking German politics, has now crept into France, with prominent politicians having made their positions clear.
France and the West should not send heavy tanks to Ukraine, Le Pen said after President Emmanuel Macron said he would not rule out sending heavy tanks to Ukraine on Sunday.
“Won’t all this make the war worse? she asked in an interview with BFM-TV Monday.
The escalation risks “internationalising the conflict” and “moving away from a negotiated peace solution”, she added, reflecting a sentiment that Macron and the entire political class share.
To look into the issue of sending heavy tanks to Ukraine, the Minister of the Army Sébastien Lecornu was instructed to “work” on the possibility of delivering Leclerc tanks to Kyiv.
The delivery of heavy weapons should also be coordinated with “our main allies” without “weakening our own defense capabilities”, the president added.
(Davide Basso | EURACTIV.fr)