UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy said today that he would neither support nor join the United States in a military strike against Iran and its nuclear facilities.
"The municipal elections were a failure for the Iranian president," Sarkozy told RMC radio. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suffered a setback in December's municipal elections.
(...) Asked if France would support military action in Iran if he is elected, Sarkozy responded, "No."
"When you see what's happening in Iraq ..." he said, trailing off. France was a leading opponent of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Sarkozy said U.S. hints that it had not ruled out military action in Iran were "useless posturing."
"In international relations, pragmatism is better than posturing."
This is not unexpected, but it may eventually force Segolene Royal to take a stand. She has been the harshest against Iran, saying that they should not even have a civilian nuclear program, but has never said whether or not she would support military action.
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