Former French president says France should deliver warships to Russia



2014/11/17 • News

Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France and would-be 2017 presidential candidate from the UMP party, stated on Saturday, November 15, that France should “keep its word” and deliver two Mistral warships to Russia,” the AFP news agency reported.

Sarkozy also mocked the “pathetic” stance of his successor François Hollande on the matter. “Russia is a natural partner of France” and Paris should “honor its word on the Mistral contract,” the former president said during a meeting of the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) in Aulnay-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis department).

“It is quite possible to support the position of not delivering the Mistral ships. For my part, I maintain that we need to deliver them. But it is perfectly acceptable to argue for that position (non-delivery — Ed.), including in my political family. It is not a subject that should be a cause for quarrel among us.

“What I do not accept, however, is that the decision to suspend the delivery of the Mistral ships was made in a pathetic manner the evening before the NATO summit (in September) because the President of the United States asked (us) to do it. France determines its own direction, and not because so and so asks it to have a certain position,” he said.

The Mistral  force projection and command vessels are versatile war ships that can carry helicopters and tanks and serve as military command headquarters. The contract for their sale to Russia for nearly EUR 1.2 billion was signed in June 2011 during the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy.

President François Hollande has maintained that the ceasefire in Ukraine needs to be “fully respected” before France delivers the first vessel to Russia.

A “highly placed” source in Russia cited by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti said on Friday, November 14, that France has until late November to deliver the first ship or else face “serious” claims for compensation.

But, according to the French delegation to the G20 summit in Brisbane, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President François Hollande never brought up the issue of the Mistral ships during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the summit on Saturday, November 15.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: AFP

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  • George

    Does Sarkozy have any connections family or financial that he is so eager for the sale to be completed?
    Below an interesting article on the link between the far-right French politician Philippe
    de Villiers whose company was given the contract to build the theme parks in Moscow and Crimea and his brother who just happens to be ‘General Pierre de Villiers directs the French army, the largest formation of NATO in Europe. Participates in strategic decisions relating to the Ukrainian crisis response and west. His opinion counts on arms exports.

    More details of the family connections in this article here –

  • Brent

    This is the same worthless politician who took the lead in negotiating Georgia’s surrender of territories to Russia on behalf of the EU.

    He’s probably got a job waiting at Nordstream waiting for him…

    • Michel Cloarec

      Exactly !
      He is the former president, that is the word,(former) the french and France got tired of him and all his micmacs. Georgia was one !
      And how did he get the order for mistral ? De Villiers family (2) Nobody wants to know what they do !

  • Mykola Banderachuk

    sarkozy is getting paid how much from the putinites? let him rot in hell with all the other traitors to Ukrainian independence

  • Dirk Smith

    Just another corrupt playboy oligarch. Probably still parties at bunga-bungas with Berlusconi.

  • W8post

    as I said in another comment, Sarkozy is right, the Mistral should be delivered to Russia, a deal is a deal, but AFTER the Crimea is returned to Ukraine and the Russians are out [of the Crimea] Meanwhile we’re waiting the Russians to leave, the Mistral[s] can be safeguarded in mothballs.

    • DejaVu

      Russia needs to rebuild Donbass and Lugansk and evacuate it’s forces from there as well. Ukraine also needs to forget about joining the West and the EU as they have shown to be weak when they are needed. Ukraine then needs to rearm with a nuclear arsenal to prevent and deter further aggression.

  • Dean Venture

    You don’t sell gasoline to an arsonist, even if you had a deal to do so before you realized he was setting fire to everything. That is called aiding and abetting. Where I live that makes you just as guilty as the arsonist. Shame on France for even thinking about going through with the deal. They would have collaborated with the Nazis after they had invaded France. Oh wait, they did! How many Jews did they send to certain death?

    France used to be one of the most principled nations in Europe. How did they become one of the least?

  • DejaVu

    Also keep in mind that Ukraine applied for NATO membership under Yuschenko before and France was one of the countries that opposed Ukraine’s entry into NATO. Just goes to show what they really are.

  • Murf

    I guess keeping their “word” to support their allies is of lesser importance than their customers.
    So who did they think these ships were intended to use against that were NOT a french ally?

  • Kruton

    Surrender monkeys on parade.