Ex-UK envoy to France says Le Pen defence plan 'a recipe for disaster'

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Peter Ricketts, Britain's former ambassador to France and once a national security adviser, has described the defence plan unveiled this week by far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, and which includes a withdrawal from NATO,  as 'ignorant' and 'superficial', and that if it was put into effect 'no British government or indeed any Nato ally is going to touch a defence relationship with France'.  

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Marine Le Pen’s plan for a new partnership with a post-Brexit Britain is dangerous for France, ignorant and completely misunderstands the basis of British alliances, Peter Ricketts, the former UK national security adviser and UK ambassador to France, has told The Guardian.