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France Says It Won’t Deploy Nukes If Russia Uses Them Against Ukraine

Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron

Photographer: Stefanie Loos/Bloomberg

France would not respond with nuclear weapons should Russia resort to deploying them tactically against Ukraine, President Emmanuel Macron said.

“Our doctrine rests on the fundamental interests of the nation. They are defined clearly and wouldn’t be directly affected at all if, for example, there was a ballistic nuclear attack in Ukraine, in the region,” Macron said during a live interview on public broadcaster France 2 late Wednesday.