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Emmanuel Macron has been blasted after France did not help the UK and US’ airstrikes on the Houthis. On Thursday, each Washington and London responded to the Houthis’ drone assaults, together with an assault on the HMS Diamond, which occurred on Tuesday.

However, France shunned endorsing a press release in help of the air strikes, citing its determination to not take part in bombing raids geared toward safeguarding Red Sea transport.

Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, and Bahrain collectively signed a press release expressing help for the US-UK strikes and cautioning about the potential of extra actions.

Julien Barnes-Dacey, director of the Middle East and North Africa programme on the European Council on Foreign Relations assume tank, stated France needed to maintain a “degree of distance” from US-led operations within the area, reported The Telegraph.

He stated this is able to “preserve some space to play a mediating role with Iran and its allies, which has been a consistent feature of Macron’s regional agenda.

Mr Barnes-Dacey added: “The French fear getting pulled into American-Iran polarisation and conflict, which would reduce their own space for influence.

“We also saw this in recent years when Paris didn’t join the US-led naval operation in the Persian Gulf and instead pushed a more inclusive European-led effort.”

Eloise Fayet, a analysis fellow on the French Institute of International Relations additionally agreed.

She instructed the publication: “France is very insistent on the concept of acting as a balancing power and a third way.

“This stance is maintained by France and is therefore incompatible with such strikes, threats of strikes against the Houthis.

“For the moment, France prefers to stick to what it is already doing, namely operations to reassure and protect commercial vessels crossing the Red Sea.”

The Netherlands contributed logistical help in the course of the strikes, whereas different important European powers similar to France, Spain, and Italy shunned offering army or political help.

Paris, together with Italy and Spain, not solely opted out of taking part within the strikes but in addition declined the chance to endorse a press release expressing help for them.

The authorities led by Emmanuel Macron has dismissed the potential of collaborative efforts with Western allies, a departure from its involvement in joint actions throughout occasions such because the intervention in Libya in 2011 and the marketing campaign in opposition to the Islamic State in Syria in 2015

Rear Admiral Emmanuel Slaars, the nation’s naval commander within the space, stated on Thursday that Paris’s present mandate didn’t embrace putting Houthis immediately.