‘France should back Britain in event of Falklands fight’

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FRANCE should be called upon to back Britain if ever there is a repeat of the Falklands conflict, a Bolton MP has said.

And his comments have been backed by Jean Stroud-Mort, from Bromley Cross, who was widowed after her husband, John Stroud, was killed in the Falklands, aged 20.

The Royal Air Force is currently providing logistical support to France in its ground campaign against Muslim rebels in Mali.

But speaking in the House of Commons, Bolton North East MP David Crausby asked whether France would return the favour if Argentina ever invaded the Falkland Islands.

Argentina occupied the islands in 1982 until they were reclaimed by a British task force, but tensions in the South Atlantic have escalated recently with ships flying the Falklands flag being banned from some South American ports.

Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner recently wrote an open letter to the UK calling for the islands’ return.

Addressing Andrew Robathan, the minister of state for defence personnel, in parliament, Mr Crausby asked if he expected any support from the French in the event of an invasion, and whether he had discussed the matter with his European counterparts.

Mr Robathan replied that it was unlikely that Argentina would invade the Falklands because there was a clause in the country’s constitution that prohibited it.

He said: “I have not had any discussions with the French on this matter.”

Speaking after the debate Mr Crausby told The Bolton News: “The point I’m making is we are quick to help them but everybody knows they won’t help us in the Falkland Islands.

“Every time Argentina is in trouble it raises the issue of the Falkland Islands because it’s popular with the people.

“I don’t expect a conflict but we shouldn’t be complacent.

“The only way we can do that is by increasing defence spending — which is unlikely — or by having the support of our so-called allies like the French.”

Mrs Stroud-Mort said: “France didn’t support us during the Falklands War so I think David Crausby should raise the issue — I have a lot of respect for him.

“The Falkland Islands should be supported by the UN, not just by the UK on its own.”

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1:01pm Wed 23 Jan 13

John Edwards says...

Yes, I agree that France should join in, but they will only come in half way through like WW1 and the Yanks in WW11
Yes, I agree that France should join in, but they will only come in half way through like WW1 and the Yanks in WW11 John Edwards
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8:27pm Wed 23 Jan 13

bassdrum says...

Actually, France was Britain's greatest ally during the Falklands war, providing secret information to enable MI6 agents to sabotage Exocet missiles which were desperately sought by Argentina. President Mitterrand immediately came to our aid after Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in April 1982.

As soon as the conflict began, France made available to Britain Super-Etendard and Mirage aircraft - which it had supplied to Argentina - so Harrier pilots could train against them. The French then gave Britain information on the Exocet - which sank the Sheffield and Atlantic Conveyor - showing how to tamper with it. And the French offered more aid if we wanted it and I have no doubt they would do so again. As much as I like the American forces, I must say that the French are much more aligned with us and are easier to work with - militarily that is. For the rest, they are as irritating to us as we are to them!
Actually, France was Britain's greatest ally during the Falklands war, providing secret information to enable MI6 agents to sabotage Exocet missiles which were desperately sought by Argentina. President Mitterrand immediately came to our aid after Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in April 1982. As soon as the conflict began, France made available to Britain Super-Etendard and Mirage aircraft - which it had supplied to Argentina - so Harrier pilots could train against them. The French then gave Britain information on the Exocet - which sank the Sheffield and Atlantic Conveyor - showing how to tamper with it. And the French offered more aid if we wanted it and I have no doubt they would do so again. As much as I like the American forces, I must say that the French are much more aligned with us and are easier to work with - militarily that is. For the rest, they are as irritating to us as we are to them! bassdrum
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9:13pm Wed 23 Jan 13

dougie kay says...

John Edwards wrote:
Yes, I agree that France should join in, but they will only come in half way through like WW1 and the Yanks in WW11
I do not like the French,they are an arrogant and selfish . who if cannot get their way star slapping trade sanctions on. despite rulings from Brussels but to be fair France was involved in WW1 from the onset , suffering heavier losses than we did France and England have an history of fighting each other. going back to 1066 . . thus actually having as an Allie seems strange concept
[quote][p][bold]John Edwards[/bold] wrote: Yes, I agree that France should join in, but they will only come in half way through like WW1 and the Yanks in WW11[/p][/quote]I do not like the French,they are an arrogant and selfish . who if cannot get their way star slapping trade sanctions on. despite rulings from Brussels but to be fair France was involved in WW1 from the onset , suffering heavier losses than we did France and England have an history of fighting each other. going back to 1066 . . thus actually having as an Allie seems strange concept dougie kay
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9:40pm Wed 23 Jan 13

thorpeman says...

bassdrum wrote:
Actually, France was Britain's greatest ally during the Falklands war, providing secret information to enable MI6 agents to sabotage Exocet missiles which were desperately sought by Argentina. President Mitterrand immediately came to our aid after Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in April 1982.

As soon as the conflict began, France made available to Britain Super-Etendard and Mirage aircraft - which it had supplied to Argentina - so Harrier pilots could train against them. The French then gave Britain information on the Exocet - which sank the Sheffield and Atlantic Conveyor - showing how to tamper with it. And the French offered more aid if we wanted it and I have no doubt they would do so again. As much as I like the American forces, I must say that the French are much more aligned with us and are easier to work with - militarily that is. For the rest, they are as irritating to us as we are to them!
ha ha I wouldn't say he immediately came running to help out. Quite the opposite. He was threatened with a big stick & then & only then did he start dancing to our tune. The French never do anything for us without coercion our relationship with them is a one way ticket just like sales of their crappy cars
[quote][p][bold]bassdrum[/bold] wrote: Actually, France was Britain's greatest ally during the Falklands war, providing secret information to enable MI6 agents to sabotage Exocet missiles which were desperately sought by Argentina. President Mitterrand immediately came to our aid after Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in April 1982. As soon as the conflict began, France made available to Britain Super-Etendard and Mirage aircraft - which it had supplied to Argentina - so Harrier pilots could train against them. The French then gave Britain information on the Exocet - which sank the Sheffield and Atlantic Conveyor - showing how to tamper with it. And the French offered more aid if we wanted it and I have no doubt they would do so again. As much as I like the American forces, I must say that the French are much more aligned with us and are easier to work with - militarily that is. For the rest, they are as irritating to us as we are to them![/p][/quote]ha ha I wouldn't say he immediately came running to help out. Quite the opposite. He was threatened with a big stick & then & only then did he start dancing to our tune. The French never do anything for us without coercion our relationship with them is a one way ticket just like sales of their crappy cars thorpeman
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12:51pm Thu 24 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

The Frogs are not a nation of warriors,they put up a p!ss poor attempt to fight for their own country in WW2.It would be encouraging if they did back the Brits.politicly and morally.I hope the situation gets resolved without conflict.there are to many good young men dying in the world these days.
The Frogs are not a nation of warriors,they put up a p!ss poor attempt to fight for their own country in WW2.It would be encouraging if they did back the Brits.politicly and morally.I hope the situation gets resolved without conflict.there are to many good young men dying in the world these days. boltonnut
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1:10pm Thu 24 Jan 13

cliff4treasurer says...

If it happens i hope they back the Argies,we can then kick both there **** at the same time and then France would become Britain and i could have another bottle of that lovely ,hic, Wine.
If it happens i hope they back the Argies,we can then kick both there **** at the same time and then France would become Britain and i could have another bottle of that lovely ,hic, Wine. cliff4treasurer
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