Increased sympathizers and allies who support Putin during the war in France

Supporters and “influencers” of Vladimir Putin are growing exponentially in France, from the far left to the far right, including important former ministers left and right, who directly or indirectly support Vladimir Putin in his dirty war against Europe, the Atlantic Alliance, and the US.

Since last fall, in all the major protest demonstrations for the reform of the national pension system, trade unionists, leftists and organizations that defended Putin under the pretext of criticizing Macron very actively participated, with slogans like: war and imperialism.

The PRCF (Pôle de Renaissance Communiste en France), which brings together dissidents from the French Communist Party and other communist organisations, very active in the unions’ offensive against pension reform, has carried out a propaganda campaign of this kind: «The Atlantic Alliance and the European Union are the main enemies of peoples and peace Global »(…)« We condemn the war of extermination of North American imperialism against Russia and China ».

In conjunction with the political attack on reforming the pension system, the French Communist Party launched a street campaign in the markets and environs of Paris, to defend this position: “The war in Ukraine is the result of NATO’s confrontation with Russia. Our people want our money to go to pensions, not war.”

equidistant position

To the populist far left, La Francia Insumisa (LFI), led by Jean-Luc Melenchon, adopts a more elliptical position. It says “support” the “Ukrainian people”, but refuses military support, proposes a “negotiated solution”, and “demands” France’s withdrawal from NATO, to defend our “strategic independence”.

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This “equidistant” opposition is shared by the far-right party led by Eric Zemour, president of the Reconquête, a party on the right of Marine Le Pen’s far right.

The trade unionists demanded Macron for months for “money for pensions, not for war and imperialism.”

Prior to the attempted colonial conquest of Ukraine, Zammour went so far as to state that he dreamed of “the emergence of Vladimir Putin for France«. After the start of the war, the extremist leader “defined his positions, criticizing sending military aid to Ukraine, because in his opinion” we endanger national independence and the future of our armies.

As for the traditional far-right, pro-Putin Russian bankers have financed many of Marine Le Pen’s election campaigns. During last year’s presidential election, it was Emmanuel Macron who insisted on the Russian president’s support for the French president: “Madam, Putin funds you.” Banners denouncing the “friendship” between Putin and Le Pen are always present at all pro-Ukraine demonstrations.

“Ingenious” and “strategic”, Marine Le Pen declared in mid-April: “If Ukraine wins the war, then this victory will be the beginning of the Third World War.” Having issued this “warning”, Le Pen gave a populist nuance in his speech, emphasizing that “we stand for the poor, the workers, who want better pensions and less money for war.”

In the opinion of Le Pen and other figures, the behavior of the United States, the European Union and France, in particular, by supporting Ukraine militarily “prevents” the start of the “peace process”.

In the same vein, Segolene Royal, the former Socialist Minister to François Mitterrand and mother of four children to François Hollande, the former Socialist President, came to declare on her day: “I do not deny the war crimes committed by anyone except that sending weapons to Ukraine prevents the start of the peace process.”

Business relations

Another prominent political figure, François Fillon, former prime minister to Nicolas Sarkozy, the conservative president, was questioned in the Senate trying to explain his business ties to Putin’s Russia. Fillon limited himself to insisting on the “clarity” and “legitimacy” of his contracts and personal relations, in Moscow, to justify his conduct with this sentence: “If I wish to sell pâté or chicarrones, in Moscow, I will sell them and Holy Easter.”

The weekly newspaper “Le Point” published an information document of more than a hundred pages, entitled “Russia”. Secrets of an empire at war. In that report, a work entitled “Those French Who Defend Moscow” stands out, citing prominent sociologists, such as Emmanuel Todt, or distinguished former ministers, such as Luc Ferry. Among these prominent personalities, Helen Carrer de Encouz, an emeritus specialist in Russian history, stands out, who declared days before the attempt to invade Ukraine: “The Russians do not want to separate from Europe” (…) “Putin has no intention of invading Ukraine. Russia will lose a lot “.

After a year long colonial war against Ukraine, Carrère d’Encausse did not back down from the first sentence, adopting an “equidistant” position: “I think there is a kind of intransigence on both sides” (…) “I don’t understand the intransigence of the Ukrainians”. In a statement to the Senate’s public channel, the permanent secretary of the French Academy summed up her basic position in this way: «Vladimir Putin does not want to restore an empire. He wants Russia to regain its former power. The history of Russia is associated with the desire for extension. For a very simple reason: it has no natural boundaries. Since the Mongols, the Russians have always wanted to gain land, remove any danger and be the greatest country in the world.

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