French President Emmanuel Macron's Ukraine strategy will be put to a symbolic vote in parliament's lower house on Tuesday as political tensions rage in the run-up to June's European Parliament elections.

Following a debate, the National Assembly lower house will hold a non-binding vote on the government's Ukraine strategy including a bilateral security agreement signed by Macron and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky last month.

While the vote will be symbolic, it will give political parties an opportunity to publicly express their positions in relation to Macron's strategy on the conflict as Russia's invasion of Ukraine stretches into its third year.

After a meeting between the president and party leaders last week, some of them said Macron's stance on Ukraine had caused concern.

With the support of the conservative Republicans party (LR), the outcome of the vote could offer backing to Macron's strategy.

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Prime Minister Gabriel Attal will kick off the debate at around 4:30 pm (1530 GMT), and the vote is expected at around 8:00 pm.

The far-right National Rally (RN), which leads Macron's alliance by a wide margin ahead of the June elections, will abstain, its 28-year-old leader Jordan Bardella said on Tuesday.

Speaking to broadcaster France 2, he cited "red lines" including the dispatch of Western ground troops, which Macron has refused to rule out, and the possibility of Ukraine's membership in NATO and the European Union.

"We need to be very careful", said Bardella. "Yes to support for Ukraine, but no to war with Russia."

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Macron has been seeking to hammer home the importance of greater support for Ukraine, which is running out of ammunition, insisting that Europe's security is at stake.

Allies of Macron at the weekend lambasted the far-right National Rally at the launch of their European election campaign, accusing them of betraying the interests of France and Europe and flirting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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The Senate upper house was set to hold similar debates on Wednesday.

Speaking to French broadcaster BFM TV on Monday, Zelensky said that there was no need for French ground troops in his war-torn country as long as "Ukraine holds".

"Your children are not going to die in Ukraine," he said.

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John
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According to another news site, France today is under a massive cyber attack by guess whose vile regime?

Why are hybrid war attacks agains NATO allied nations not considered an act of war? The economic and democratic unity damage has been considerable. By often targeting our critical infrastructure, putins' state funded cybercrimes against us, risks allied lives.

As for this article I'm less convinced any non-binding vote in France is needed or worth its weight on paper. We are so long past the time of meaningless political pontificating. Its' time for our armies to fulfill their purpose. So please stop pontificating & photo opting allied leadership! Putin doesn't care. Instead FINALLY commit at least our high tech skilled operatives and weaponry in Ukraine.

Helping Ukraine at its request, to defend its legal borders, cannot legally or morally justify a russian attack on an ally's nation. If doing so though, russia would trigger NATO' Article 5 and then all of NATO gets to mop up putin's war machine.

Putin's forces can barely hold back the Ukrainians defending their nations. He has no chance against a coordinated NATO force with full air support.

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