Macron: France stayed out of coalition against Houthis to avoid ‘escalation’

France stayed out of a Britain-US coalition that carried out airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels who have attacked shipping in the Red Sea as Paris feared an escalation, says French President Emmanuel Macron.

“France has decided not to join a coalition that has carried out pre-emptive strikes against the Houthis on their soil. Why? Precisely because we have a position that seeks to avoid any escalation,” Macron told reporters, emphasizing that the subject was not “military” but “diplomatic.”

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