The Ministry of the Armed Forces had authorized travel to the soldiers on the spot but regrets the “political instrumentalisation” of the presidential candidate.
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The spokesperson for the Ministry of the Armed Forces reacted Thursday, December 23 on Twitter to the visit of candidate Eric Zemmour to Abidjan, in Ivory Coast, to the French forces of Operation Barkhane present there.
The candidate had made the request to the Army as is done regularly. “It is a very common and legitimate republican practice”, specifies the ministry.
Applicants are, on the other hand, required to carry out these visits “in the greatest discretion”, without media, without images, for “respect operational and confidentiality requirements” and avoid “any political instrumentalisation”.
I am honored to have visited the logistics base of Operation BARKHANE today, in Côte d’Ivoire with my campaign director, General Bertrand de la Chesnais. pic.twitter.com/YBtdSv4iwL
– Eric Zemmour (@ZemmourEric) December 23, 2021
The spokesperson for the Ministry of the Armed Forces regrets that this “moral commitment was not kept by a candidate”. “We will draw the consequences with regard to the next requests of Eric Zemmour”, Florence Parly’s cabinet was also annoyed.
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