Russian attempt to take back lost territory ends in farce
Emmanuel Macron has been warned the French army “is not ready for” war amid Russia’s mobilisation drive and the invasion of Ukraine. General Vincent Desportes, retired French Army general and military theorist, was interviewed about the war in Ukraine. He suggested the invasion is an “old-fashioned” conflict, which France is not prepared for.
Gen. Desportes said the war in Ukraine is the sign of a return “to the war which we thought had disappeared”
He added: “In this war, it is indeed the armoured tanks which attack, which take the ground and the infantry which occupies.”
The veteran added that “the war is returning to its truth, which we had forgotten”, before saying France is unable to send more tanks to Ukraine.
“I doubt that we can give Leclerc tanks. The Americans have thousands of Abrams, we have a maximum of 200 Leclercs, half of which have to work.
“I’m not sure we should give away a third of our Leclerc tanks which would leave us with only one functioning regiment in France.”
Emmanuel Macron has been warned the French army ‘is not ready for’ war
Vincent Desportes said France is unable to send more tanks to Ukraine
In an interview with broadcaster Public Sénat, Gen. Desportes said he believes that France is no longer capable of waging conventional war.
He added: “This shows that France must equip itself and build up stocks to be able to wage war in the old way.
“But the French army is not ready for it. We have become an excellent, remarkable international police force. but there is a need to accelerate the pace of arms production to reconstitute stocks and be capable, if war comes.”
According to him, such a threat is credible and “France must prepare itself for the war that exists and that may come.”
The veteran added: “Let’s not think that we can go back to sleep, war exists all around us.
“By dint of believing that war was dead, it is coming back in its most ignoble form, with the war that Russia is currently waging in Ukraine.”
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‘The French army is not ready for it, we have become an excellent, international police’
It comes after French President Emmanuel Macron insisted his country is not at war with Russia.
In an interview with TV channel BFMTV, he said: “Yes, now Russia has decided to move to a new stage of escalation, particularly at the expense of partial military mobilisation, as well as a reminder that it has respective weapons.
“I think that it is our duty to continue supporting Ukraine so that it can defend its territory, even though we are not at war with Russia.
“By helping the resistance of Ukraine and the restoration of the positions, we maintain contact with Russia at the same time.”
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Emmanuel Macron insisted his country is not at war with Russia des[pite supplying Ukraine
Meanwhile, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Mali’s military-appointed Prime Minister Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga lashed out at France and praised Russia.
He accused France of having “stabbed in the back” the West African nation with its withdrawal of troops.
French leaders “have disowned universal moral values and betrayed the rich history of the Lumieres philosophers and turned themselves into a junta in the service of obscurantism,” he told the UN General Assembly.
Maiga denounced the former colonial power for “neocolonialist, condescending, paternalist and vengeful policies” such as sanctions on the junta in Mali, which has seen two coups since 2020.
‘I think that it is our duty to continue supporting Ukraine’
Col. Maiga instead saluted “the exemplary and fruitful cooperation between Mali and Russia,” whose Wagner Group security firm has been hired by the junta in Bamako despite widespread concerns in the West.
At the UN Security Council, French envoy Nicolas de Rivière said Russia’s war in Ukraine could be a “game-changer” for the body.
He said that Russia’s war was “a huge blow to multilateralism and a massive violation of the UN Charter”.
Mr de Rivière added: “We will continue to push to make sure that Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is respected and that this war is put to an end as soon as we can.”
Additional reporting by Marie Ortega