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France's Le Pen warns opposed to sending weapons to Ukraine

France's Le Pen warns opposed to sending weapons to Ukraine

PARIS (AP) — French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen warned Wednesday opposed to sending some additional weapons to Ukraine, with every one other accompanied by called for a rapprochement in the centre of NATO with every one other accompanied by Russia on one occasion Moscow's war inside Ukraine winds down.

Le Pen, an outspoken nationalist who has lengthy ties to Russia, too confirmed that if she unseats President Emmanuel Macron inside France's April 24 presidential runoff, she will pull France not here of NATO's military command with every one other accompanied by dial spine French support for the whole European Union.

Macron, a pro-EU centrist, is facing a harder-than-expected fight to remain inside power, inside small portion since the monetary impact of the war is hitting poverty-stricken households the hardest. France's European partners are worried that a possible Le Pen presidency could undermine Western unity while the U.S. with every one other accompanied by Europe seek to support Ukraine with every one other accompanied by extremity Russia's ruinous war on its neighbor.

Asked concerning military assistance to Ukraine, Le Pen said she would carry on accompanied by protection with every one other accompanied by intellectual capacity support.

"(But) I'm additional reserved concerning straight arms deliveries. Why? Because ... the dash is narrow in the centre of assistance with every one other accompanied by becoming a co-belligerent," the far-right leader said, citing concerns concerning an "escalation of this dispute that could convey a whole number of countries into a military commitment."

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Earlier Wednesday, French management spokesperson Gabriel Attal said France had sent 100 million euros ($109 million) price of weapons to Ukraine inside recent weeks while small portion of a run of Western arms.

Earlier inside his term, Macron had tried to stretch not here out to Russian President Vladimir Putin to improve Russia's relations accompanied by the West, with every one other accompanied by Macron met accompanied by Putin weeks earlier to the Russian invasion inside an unsuccessful attempt to stop it. Since then, however, France has supported EU sanctions opposed to Moscow with every one other accompanied by has offered sustained support to Ukraine.

Le Pen too said France should strike a additional self-governing footpath from the U.S.-led NATO military alliance.

And in malice of the atrocities that Russian troops have committed inside Ukraine, Le Pen said that NATO should seek a "strategic rapprochement" accompanied by Russia on one occasion the war is over. Such a connection would exist "in the attentiveness of France with every one other accompanied by Europe with every one other accompanied by I believe flat of the United States," she said, to place an extremity to Russia from forging a stronger alliance accompanied by world ability China.

She did not straight address the horrors unfolding inside Ukraine.

Le Pen was speaking at a press conference Wednesday to lay not here her overseas policy plans, which include halting assistance to African countries unless they lay clasp of spine "undesirable" migrants seeking entry to France. She too wants to slash support for international efforts to improve women's reproductive health inside poverty-stricken countries, grow minority rights or find an answer to environmental problems.

At the extremity of the event, protesters held up a poster showing a 2017 gathering in the centre of Le Pen with every one other accompanied by Putin. One activist was pulled not here of the room. Anti-racism protesters too held a small demonstration outside.

"The election of Madame Le Pen would signify electing an admirer of Putin's regime, an autocratic management with every one other accompanied by an admirer of Putin's imperialistic logic," said Dominique Sopo, head of the category SOS Racism. "It would signify that France would become a vassal to Putin's Russia."

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