Macron signs France’s ratification of Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO

French President Emmanuel Macron signed today, Saturday, France’s ratification of Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO, which was adopted by the French Parliament on August 2.

The Elysee Palace said that this sovereign option would allow Finland and Sweden, two European allies, to reinforce security in the face of the current threat from their immediate neighbors and would make an important contribution, given the capabilities of these two partners, to our common position and our European security.

Sweden and Finland abandoned their traditional neutrality due to the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.

“Twenty allies have ratified the protocols,” French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said during the French Parliament’s adoption of the ratification.

The two countries need the backing of all 30 NATO member states in order to benefit from the protection of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty in the event of an attack.

Turkey threatens to “freeze” the operation, accusing the two Scandinavian countries of sympathizing with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its allies, which Ankara considers “terrorist organizations”.