Rallies in opposition to the US-led NATO bloc and the availability of weapons to Ukraine have been held throughout France
A number of mass protests in opposition to France’s NATO membership and its continued assist of Kiev had been held on Sunday within the capital Paris and at different areas throughout the nation.
he demonstrations, going down for the second consecutive weekend, had been organized by the right-wing Les Patriotes social gathering, led by Florian Philippot, who personally attended the rally in Paris.
The politician claimed the occasion on Sunday, dubbed Nationwide March for Peace, attracted much more members than final week, when some 10,000 confirmed up for a rally within the French capital. In response to Philippot, smaller-scale anti-NATO protests had been held at some 30 different areas throughout France as effectively.
Nouvelle manifestation contre la subvention de la guerre en Ukraine 🇺🇦 et la sortie de la France 🇫🇷de l’OTAN. Les médias continuent de nous ignorer, mais la résistance monte en France👊👉Des milliers de personnes à Paris ce 26/02/23 @_LesPatriotes@f_philippot ! #1anpic.twitter.com/3XKhijHoRc
— Tamila Tapayeva (@tamilatapayeva) February 26, 2023
Protesters marched by means of the streets of Paris, carrying a big banner studying “For Peace.” The marchers referred to as for the withdrawal of France from each the US-led NATO and from the EU, and urged a halt to supplying Ukraine with weaponry. The protesters additionally took jabs on the incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron, chanting “Macron get out!” – a slogan generally utilized by assorted anti-government protesters all through his presidency.
Following the march, the protesters held a rally led by Philippot, who was filmed defacing NATO and EU flags alongside his supporters. Footage of the occasion was shared by the politician himself on social media.
The politician has been actively staging protests in opposition to French membership in NATO and the EU since final fall, whereas arguing in opposition to the availability of weapons to Ukraine. Between 2012 and 2017, Philippot was the deputy head of the most important opposition social gathering in France, the Nationwide Rally, led till final yr by Marine Le Pen. After leaving the Nationwide Rally, the 41-year-old politician established his personal right-wing social gathering, Les Patriotes.
France has been among the many prime supporters of Kiev within the ongoing battle with Russia, which broke out a yr in the past. Whereas Macron has repeatedly referred to as for a diplomatic settlement of the hostilities, Paris has actively provided assorted weaponry to Ukraine, together with armored automobiles and superior self-propelled howitzers.
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