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Majority disagree with Macron’s comments on sending NATO troops to Ukraine – poll

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Majority disagree with Macron’s comments on sending NATO troops to Ukraine – poll

The French president refused to rule out the possibility of deploying NATO troops to help Kyiv forces

A new poll has found that most French people believe President Emmanuel Macron’s increasingly hawkish stance on Russia is dangerous and will only increase tensions with Moscow.

Around 57% of respondents believe that Macron was “poorly” on “raise your voice against Russia” with recent remarks about deploying troops to Ukraine and calls for more support for Kiev, according to a poll by French broadcaster BFMTV.

Macron faced sharp backlash in February after he proposed to the West “cannot be ruled out” the possibility of sending troops to help Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia.

Several NATO member states quickly rejected Macron’s statements and declared that they would not put their boots on the ground in Ukraine. However, Macron later doubled down on his original statement, claiming that his words were “considered, thought out and measured.”

According to the survey, most French citizens believe that his statements not only increase tensions between France and Russia, but also create discord between France and its allies.


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The poll also showed that 54% of French people believe that Paris must continue to help Ukraine, but that it should not get “too involved” in conflict and risk direct confrontation with Russia, “Even if it meant defeat for Ukraine.”

About 21% of respondents said that Ukraine should be left to fight on its own, without foreign aid.

The French public was also divided over the security pact Macron signed with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last month. The agreement envisages France providing 3 billion euros in military aid to Kyiv in 2024.

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The poll showed that 51% of respondents were against the aid package, while 49% were in favor. Approval of sending aid was strongly correlated with respondents’ financial situation, with 62% agreeing among the wealthiest and only 34% among the poorest.

The survey was conducted among 1,005 French residents aged 18 and over between March 12 and 13.

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