In a fiery televised debate, French political leaders Jordan Bardella, Gabriel Attal, and Olivier Faure clashed over France’s stance on the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The debate, marked by sharp exchanges and divergent viewpoints, comes amid heightened tensions following Marine Le Pen’s controversial remarks about President Emmanuel Macron’s capacity as commander-in-chief.


Bardella, leader of the National Rally (RN), firmly opposed any French military involvement in Ukraine, citing the risk of escalating the conflict with Russia.

“I will not let Russian imperialism absorb an allied state like Ukraine,” Bardella declared, emphasizing his commitment to supporting Ukraine while avoiding direct confrontation with Russia. He further pledged, “If I am prime minister tomorrow, French soldiers will not be sent to Ukraine.”

His comments follow Le Pen’s criticism of Macron, questioning his ability to lead the armed forces if the RN were to win the next election. Le Pen’s remarks have sparked a political uproar, with opponents accusing her of undermining national security.

Bardella, aligning with Le Pen’s stance, also expressed his opposition to supplying Ukraine with long-range missiles capable of striking Russian territory. “My compass is the interest of France and the French,” he stated, highlighting the potential risks of co-belligerence.

Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, representing the ruling party, countered Bardella’s assertions by warning of the dangers posed by a divided command structure.

Attal argued that Le Pen’s comments sent a “very serious message for the security of France,” suggesting that a National Rally victory could lead to discord between the prime minister and the president over military leadership.


Attal also took issue with Bardella’s reluctance to draw clear lines in support of Ukraine. “If we start to set red lines we are not helping Ukrainians,” he argued, implying that a firmer stance was necessary to support Ukraine against Russian aggression.

Attal’s stance underscores the current government’s commitment to providing robust support for Ukraine, even at the risk of heightened tensions with Russia.

Socialist leader Olivier Faure added his voice to the debate, stressing the importance of a unified European response to the conflict. Faure highlighted the risks of unilateral actions by member states, advocating for a cohesive strategy within the European Union.

“There are many European countries that do not want their soldiers sent to Ukrainian territory,” Bardella noted, underscoring the need for consensus and cooperation among European nations.

The debate reflects the broader divisions within French politics regarding foreign policy and military engagement. As the conflict in Ukraine continues to evolve, French leaders grapple with the challenge of balancing national interests with international responsibilities.

Bardella’s emphasis on avoiding direct involvement in the conflict resonates with a significant portion of the French electorate wary of military entanglements.

In contrast, Attal and Faure’s positions highlight the imperative of supporting Ukraine and maintaining European unity in the face of Russian aggression.

With the next election looming, these debates are likely to intensify, shaping the future of France’s foreign policy and its role on the global stage. As political leaders vie for public support, the stakes remain high for both France and its allies.


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