French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen has been denounced by a former British ambassador to France for talking about a military alliance with Britain post-Brexit.
Right-wing populist Marine Le Pen’s desire for a post-Brexit defense alliance with Britain is “ignorant” and “superficial”, according to British deep stater Peter Ricketts, a former ambassador to France.
The career diplomat went on to say that Le Pen’s France would be a “dangerous” ally for the UK, while stoking fears about the presidential candidate’s alleged desire to strengthen strategic ties with Russia.
According to a report by The GuardianRicketts believes that Le Pen sees a European Union-free Britain as a natural ally to his reformed version of France, with the candidate openly calling on France to leave NATO’s integrated command in favor of defense deals more restricted.
However, the former ambassador denounced such suggestions.
“It’s a recipe for disaster for France,” Ricketts reports, quoting the diplomat as saying Le Pen’s supposed plans are “ignorant, superficial and completely [misunderstand] the basis of France’s cooperation with all its allies”.
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“There is a lingering assumption in his proposals that a Brexit Britain will be a natural ally for a nationalist France Le Pen,” Ricketts said.
“But what his proposals bring out is that France under his leadership would be a very dangerous ally for the UK with its plans to leave the NATO military command structure, to renegotiate its alliance with the America, to be much more nationalistic in its purchases of defense equipment and to pursue a strategic partnership with Russia in all sorts of areas,” he said.
“It is frankly inconceivable that she could drive a wedge between the United States and the United Kingdom,” he continued, as if it were a fact that this was her goal.
“Apart from its relationship with Russia, I don’t see how any of France’s traditional alliances would survive its presidency. It would have been much better if she had been honest in her defense manifesto and replaced the Union Jack with the Russian flag, because that is the only potential ally she is likely to find,” he concluded. , continuing a long tradition of establishment figures accusing anyone who challenges the globalist status quo of being a Russian lackey – whether during the Brexit campaign, the 2016 US presidential race or the recent Hungarian election.
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Ricketts is far from alone in anticipating the trumpets of Armageddon if Marine Le Pen is elected.
Le Pen’s only remaining opponent in the race for the Élysée, incumbent President Emmanuel Macron, has repeatedly beaten the anti-Russian war drum, arguing that the populist National Rally candidate has been too friendly to Russia – even if NATO allies like Poland accuse him of the same.
However, while Macron and many others have denounced Le Pen for his perceived stance on Moscow, the French electorate does not seem greatly concerned, Le Pen – who has vowed to hold a referendum on immigration if elected – having seen considerable electoral gains since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Macron and Le Pen are now just a few percentage points apart in a number of polls, with the possibility of the populist veteran becoming France’s first female president seemingly becoming less distant by the day. .
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