what does France send to Ukraine compared to other countries?

what does France send to Ukraine compared to other countries?

According to François Heisbourg, France’s participation in arms deliveries to Ukraine would only amount to 1.4%, far behind the United States, Poland, Germany or Italy. For the French soldiers, this classification is far from reality.

France is singled out for the weakness of its aid to Ukraine in terms of armaments. According to François Heisbourg, member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, it would be in 9th position with 1.4%. “I’m tempted to round up to 2%, as some of our deliveries go through other routes,” he says. But France remains far behind the United States (49%), Poland (22%), Germany (9%) or Italy (3%).

“I had the opportunity to benefit from data during a recent trip to the main distribution center for military aid to Ukraine, located in Poland. This platform centralizes the effort of the 48 Western countries of what ‘it is agreed to call the group of Ramstein, to which France belongs”, explains François Heisbourg in a Point of view published in West France.

These figures correspond to those of the Kiel Institute which in its rankings of countries that help Ukraine militarily, financially and in humanitarian terms, puts France at the back of the pack.

A “power of balance”

The concern about the weakness of these shipments is based, according to François Heisbourg, on the weight of France in terms of European defence.

“France is campaigning more than any other in favor of European strategic autonomy. But what do we weigh in this matter with 2% of the joint effort of the countries of the EU and NATO? The President of the Republic indicated that France was a ‘power of balances’ (…), notes this expert.

Recently, Pierre Haroche, researcher for the Institute for Strategic Research of the Military School, published in The world a call to provide kyiv with the reserve of fifty Leclerc tanks of the French army.

What value?

For General Pellistrandi, these remarks are far from reality and make the French soldiers “jump”. He recalls the dispatch of the 18 Caesar guns taken from the stocks of the Army, which only has 56 left. The Minister for the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu announced the release ofa budget of 85 million euros to replace them.

France has also provided Milan and Mistral missiles, around sixty VABs (front armored vehicles), HDP-2A2 anti-tank mines, NRBC protection (nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical) and latest-generation night vision goggles. It must also send TRF1 towed guns.

“What is the value of the equipment sent by each country? The Polish T72s are old and have been repaired. The same is true for the tanks sent by Germany. march like those that France sends,” said General Pellistrandi.

Communicate better

On the other hand, France’s support is not limited to direct aid. It is also made up of land and air units sent to Eastern Europe, notably in Romania, and Awacs which provide intelligence for the Ukrainian armed forces.

“France plays an essential role in European defense in addition to the commitments it has abroad such as in the Sahel, it is a cost that France bears and that other European countries do not have”, notes the General Pellistrandi.

As for the Leclerc tanks, the general points out that it is a strategic stock necessary for training, replacement in the event of a problem and to deal with unforeseen events. Giving them would mean providing both long and costly training and having parts to repair those that are damaged.

Should France communicate more about the aid it provides to Ukraine?

“It is urgent in these conditions that clarity be made on the extent of our effort, if we want to avoid feeding criticism or, worse still, suffering the humiliation of no longer being taken seriously”, declares Francois Heisbourg.

On this point, General Pellistrandi joins him. “We may not be communicating enough, but we can’t be blamed for not doing so.”

France is preparing to do better and produce more and faster. This is the message sent at the beginning of September by the Minister for the Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu and awaited by the arms manufacturers. Together, they announced their desire to engage and adapt to the “war economy” into which France has entered with the conflict in Ukraine.

Pascal Samama

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