“We, diplomats, cannot accept that a victory for the extreme right will weaken France and Europe while the war is here” | EUROtoday

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NOTWe, diplomats and former diplomats, of all republican sensibilities, are witnesses to developments on this planet and actors within the function our nation performs in them.

Since the flip of the century, we’ve seen crises multiply. The perils are rising. The threats pile up. We have carried the voice of France, extra highly effective than our fellow residents generally understand however above all vital, in Europe and on this planet, within the service of peace, freedom, our safety and the pursuits of the French.

We've seen the entire world shut down throughout a pandemic. We have seen Europe reply with justice and solidarity, with an effectivity that has surpassed, for its residents and for probably the most susceptible, that of another continent and that, fantasized, of autocracies.

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We have seen overseas powers undo the worldwide ideas established by the sacrifice of our elders and which gave us, for many years, the potential for making regulation and dialogue prevail over confrontation and arbitrariness.

Perils

We noticed Russia invade sovereign states and destroy with a furlong of tanks what had assured peace on the European continent. We noticed her, with others, clarify that our democracies had been outdated, decadent fashions, doomed to fast disappearance, for the advantage of authoritarian, violent, imperialist regimes. We have seen the identical individuals sow in our democracies, by way of the weapons of propaganda, interference and lies, the ferment of division and hatred, hoping, in doing so, to weaken our sovereignty and our freedoms.

We have seen terrorism strike democracies, intolerant regimes cut back media pluralism and freedom, anti-Semitism rise unacceptably, and big violations of worldwide humanitarian regulation within the Gaza Strip, which destabilize all the area.

Faced with these risks, the French have persistently chosen Europe lately. A Europe which, regardless of its imperfections, protects us. France has additionally chosen to assist the Ukrainian individuals, for his or her freedom, for our safety. These sovereign decisions had been within the curiosity of our nation and every time a supply of satisfaction and a message that Europe and the world wanted.

Our responsibility as residents and servants of the state is to not compromise with the reality. To undergo Russia, to authoritarian regimes, to undo Europe and our alliances, to disregard worldwide regulation, is to decide on impotence and servitude. To imagine that France may extract itself from the march of the world by withdrawing is to surrender having any affect and holding management of our future. France shouldn’t be and can by no means be an island sheltered from the winds and tides of the world.

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