French President Says "There Is Risk Of War" As Europe Plans Additional Russia Sanctions

Tyler Durden's picture

For months Europe had thought that mere verbal (and hollow) threats, populist posturing and propaganda would be enough to force Russia's Putin to back off and withdraw from the endless Ukraine escalation, into a Kremlin cocoon with his tail between his legs. What they didn't anticipate was that Putin would in no way back down (as that would be seen as defeat and weakness by his numerous internal foes), nor would have have to: with Russia providing a third of European gas and with winter approaching, Russia had all the trumps cards from day one. Furthermore, as a result of escalating trade wars it is not Russia's economy that is hurting but Europe, which is on the verge of a historic triple-dip recession, only unlike 2010 and 2012, this time it is Europe's growth dynamo, Germany, itself which is leading the lemmings into the abyss.

Now, finally, Europe has realized that its "strategy" (if it ever had one, red: Obama's 'strategy' on dealing with ISIS) was flawed. It is with this mindset that European Union leaders met in Brussels earlier today and while, as usual, the the threat of new and improved sanctions to Russia was present, suddenly Europe's leaders seem far more "fearful of a new Cold War and self-inflicted harm to their own economies" and instead decided to give Moscow another chance to make peace according to Reuters.

Confirming Europe's realization just how serious events are, and how far down the rabbit hole Europe's bureaucrats have gone, French President Francois Hollande, while stressing that a failure by Russia to reverse a flow of weapons and troops into eastern Ukraine would force the bloc to impose new economic measures i.e., nothing new, it is what he said just after that indicated a dramatic change in rhetoric: "Are we going to let the situation worsen, until it leads to war?" Hollande said at a news conference. "Because that's the risk today. There is no time to waste."

Because when Europe, the cradle of both World War I and II talks war, it is a good idea to listen.

Of course, the problem of hypocrisy promptly emerges, because it is France whose mistral amphibious assault ship is being delivered to Russia over the objections of both Germany (whose own military export complex has quite a few pending RFPs to the Kremlin) and of course Washington. That, and the fact that it is Europe's actions that have led the situation to the bring of another world war. Actions such as the expansion of NATO to Russia's borders which the Kremlin, justifiably, sees as yet another offensive intrusion by the west into purely regional matters, because last time anyone checked, Ukraine was neither a member of NATO nor the European Union.

The paradoxical hypocrisy continued when none other than British PM, who has been teasing with pulling the UK out of Europe for months over the election of Jean-Claude "You have to lie pretty much all the time in Europe" Juncker, also spoke on behalf of a united Europe. From Reuters:

British Prime Minister David Cameron said: "We have to address the completely unacceptable situation of having Russian troops on Ukrainian soil. Countries in Europe shouldn't need to think long before realising just how unacceptable that is. We know that from our history.


"So consequences must follow if that situation continues."

Consequences such as pushing Germany into outright depression, which in turn would lead to a global economic contraction? Sure, go ahead, but keep in mind that once again Putin has done his homework. Unless, of course, the entire premise is to launch another round of global coordinated QEasing, and this time blame the Kremlin as the "scapegoat" for thrusting the world into at least one more year of unprecedented Reverse Robin Hood wealth redistribution by way of central banks.

Meanwhile, Europe's hawkish warmongers had free reign today to tell the world how they really feel:

The president of formerly Soviet Lithuania, an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin and of EU hesitation to challenge him, called for urgent military supplies to Kiev and a tougher arms embargo on Russia. Dalia Grybauskaite said Moscow, by attacking Ukraine, was effectively "in a state of war against Europe".


But large Western countries are wary of damaging their own economies through sanctions. Those include Germany, Britain and France, as well as Italy, which is heavily dependent on Russian gas and expects to secure the post of EU foreign affairs chief. Poroshenko gave short shrift to Moscow's denials by denouncing the past week's incursion of thousands of troops with hundreds of armoured vehicles and said he expected the summit to order the European Commission to prepare a new set of sanctions.


But, like Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, he used their joint news conference to stress a will to find a political solution to a crisis that President Putin blames on Kiev's drive to turn the ex-Soviet state away from its former master Moscow and toward a Western alliance with the EU and NATO.


He said he was not looking for foreign military intervention and expected progress toward peace as early as Monday - because failure could push the conflict to a point of no return: "Let's not try to spark the new flame of war in Europe," he said.


Barroso also warned of the risk of a "point of no return" in stressing that EU leaders wanted to defuse the confrontation with their nuclear-armed neighbour.


"It makes no sense to have ... a new Cold War," Barroso said. Further conflict would hurt all of Europe, he said, adding that sanctions were meant to push Moscow to talk. His Commission already had prepared a number of options for further measures.

Europe may be shocked to learn that the Cold War never went away, but simply was on hiatus until the Russian bear and the Chinese dragon felt strong enough they can finally ascend to global superpower status, in the process sweeping away the insolvent west, and its reserve currency status.

All that said, no pun intended, there was nothing actually decided today in Brussels, nor was any action taken, as is generically the case in Europe. In fact, the only thing that did happen is that as was known in advance, moments ago Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk replaced Haiku-spewing, unelected Gollum lookalike Herman Van Rompuy, a well-known figurehead from the days when Europe was actively fighting for its survival.

With Tusk, a conservative easterner, replacing the Belgian Van Rompuy, Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini from the centre left would take over as the bloc's foreign policy chief, replacing Briton Catherine Ashton.

In overall charge of the executive Commission, in succession to Barroso, will be conservative former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker, appointed at a stormy summit two months ago.



Eastern leaders, alarmed by a resurgent Moscow, had resisted the appointment of Mogherini at that time. At 41 and in government only since February, they saw her as lacking the political experience and weight to stand up to the Kremlin and also handicapped by Italy's dependence on Russian energy.

In fact, while Europe's powerlessness to do anything to halt Putin's advance is well-known, the most interesting aspect of today's meeting that left Belgian caterers that much richer, was the horsetrading of hollow, bureaucratic figureheads at the top: something Europe also excels at.

Britain, France, Germany and other countries are competing to see their nominees secure important portfolios in Juncker's team, such as in economic affairs, trade and energy supply.


The horse-trading over jobs underlines the power of rival national governments over the supranational institutions of the EU. Proponents of a strong political leadership in Brussels that can inspire and rally an increasingly sceptical European public behind the common project may again be left disappointed.


Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Friday he would propose a meeting to discuss tackling the "really worrying" economic situation across Europe, with growth and jobs elusive and fears of a new crisis for the euro currency.


The leaders agreed to schedule that summit for Oct. 7, according to the draft statement.

And so on.

To summarize: more worthless power moves, more hollow rhetoric and threats, more verbal escalation; nothing else.

In fact, the most notable comment all day today came from Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban who said that EU sanctions on Russia haven’t worked and it’s "self-delusion" to think they’ll help resolve the crisis in Ukraine.

Well, if there is anything Europe, and its allegedly unlimited but certainly very limited amount of political capital spent to preserve an unsustainable, artificial union, excels in it is "self-delusion."

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Lumberjack's picture

For a tiny country, France is raising a lot of hell everywhere else.

Keyser's picture

Yawn, let me know when Russian tanks roll into Poland... Until then, it's all a kabuki dance... 

Stoploss's picture

Putin must have a Marlin chair bolted to the floor in front of a dedicated terminal to read this shit from in case he passes out from laughter...

BaBaBouy's picture

NATO War With Russia Cannot Be An Option!

Just Like If THe USa Is Attacked, You Cannot Win...They Will Eventually NUKE You. So Russia Same, If You Attack Their Lands,
They Will Eventually Blow The SHIT Out Of Whoever Is Stupid Enough...

PUTIN, Is At Least A $100 Billionaire, He Doesn't Want To Give Up The Good Life... He Will Negotiate Fairly...

AND ... Few People Actually Give A Fuck About UKr, They Mostly Speak Russian Anyways....

Charles Wilson's picture


TahoeBilly2012's picture

When I see the "damp rag" leader of the EU (Von Rumpboy), I am sure these people are alien/reptiles. 

strannick's picture

First Britain, now France, getting trotted out to hand puppet US policy, as these go to lackeys will readily spite their European nose to bite Russia's face, because violating petro dollar hegemony is the cardinal sin.Meanwhile these toady apparatchiks of once powerful mighty nations need their asses kicked, ala contenders like Nigel Farage.

Pinto Currency's picture



The real action is at the LBMA.

Their paper rigging scheme looks to be in trouble.

This war mongering is what politicians do when they are cornered and after leasing out much of their gold, the G7 look like they are cornered.

Time to deal with the issues but that is not in the character of the pols or their banker controllers.

Publicus's picture

Got Ruble? Becuase if you don't, it's going to be a cold winter.

WayBehind's picture

France is bankrupt therefore the best way to distract is to point finger elsewhere or even better, add fire to the already burning war.

max2205's picture

1. So much for euro babes
2. France president has a war going on in his pants

CheapBastard's picture

<< For a tiny country, France is raising a lot of hell everywhere else. >>


Napoleon complex, or "short man syndrome", also found in short women, is a pejorative slang term describing a type of psychological phenomenon which is said to exist in people, usually men, of short stature. It can also be pronounced as 'Napoleonic Complex'. [1] It is characterized by overly-aggressive or domineering social behaviour, and carries the implication that such behaviour is compensatory for the subjects' stature. The term is also used more generally to describe people who are driven by a perceived handicap to overcompensate in other aspects of their lives. Other names for the term include "Napoleon syndrome[2] and Short Man syndrome.[3]

Drunk In Church's picture

I don't see a new global war.  I just see more sabre rattling.  Nobody is gonna die for the Ukraine.

Analyse2's picture


The British press mischievously depicted Napoleon as much smaller than average height, and this image persists.

Confusion about his height also results from the difference between the French pouce and British inch—2.71 and 2.54 cm, respectively;

He was 1.68 m (5'6") tall, average height for the period.

He also seemed small as he surrounded himself with the soldiers of his elite guard, who were usually six feet or taller and had big hats.

August's picture

>>>When I see the "damp rag" leader of the EU (Von Rumpboy), I am sure these people are alien/reptiles.

Just going by appearances, I'd say he looks more like one of those Belgian family-men with pedophilia as a hobby.

Majestic12's picture

"more human, than human...", August.

"The Fed" (you know what I mean), unfortunately turns out to be far less utopian than Roddenberry's vampires would have us believe....lizards....have evolved for millions of years before us into "hi-tech" lizards...with the same small, predatory, bird-like, emotionless focus that seeks any vulnerability and advantage over it....

""When they say on a show 'Created by' anyone, like 'Created by Gene Roddenberry,' that is not true. I laid out a pathway..." Gene Roddenberry

"The Gorn" live....they feed of the energy created by horror, terror, fear, dying, killing, hating, envy, greed, and destruction of innocence...our 1%'ers have been all too happy to provide this in exchange for all monetary and technological control over the 99%...

That, my friends is the "real" problem...the only law of the universe actually "free will"...they "need" our "permission"...which is deemed given by our demonstration of idiocy, apathy, and particpiation in self-agrondizement and it's ever-increasing cruelty that it used to justify the whole existence...

Pull the plug....just say "no"..."HUNDREDTH MONKEY, BREAK !!!" [return to positions]...last down....

rbg81's picture

Invading Russia has been a catastrophically bad idea whenever its been tried in the last 250 years.  And that was BEFORE nukes.

I suspect Russia's (Putin's) real crime is trying to eradicate the Petrodollar.  And, of course, Paul Krugman would claim that it would be great for the economy.


ebworthen's picture

How quickly France forgets:

And before that, Napoleon and Waterloo. 

Now they support neo-Nazi's against Russia. 

Double Fail.

rbg81's picture

Actually, when you look at the German losses in Russia durng WWII, Napoleon got off easy.

Analyse2's picture

Military losses amounted to 300,000 French, about 72,000 Poles, 50,000 Italians, 80,000 Germans, 61,000 from other nations.

As well as the loss of human life the French also lost some 200,000 horses and over 1,000 artillery pieces.

The campaign was a turning point in the Napoleonic Wars. The reputation of Napoleon was severely shaken, and French hegemony in Europe was dramatically weakened.


rbg81's picture

German losses against the Soviets in WWII was 6.2M, 8.7M if you include alll Axis forces.  The Soviets lost about 11.2M military and, I believe, up to 13M civilians.

Compared to that, Napoleon losing his Grand Army of 680,000 doesn't look so bad.

I mention this for perspective.  Back then war was a much, much bloodier affair that would not be tolerated today.  Not that life is cheap, but we get all weak kneed if we lose more than 1000 soldiers in a conflict.  

We almost had a revolution in this country when we lost 58K in Vietnam over nearly a decade.  IMO, we WOULD have a revolution today if we lost even half that in any foreign war.


Analyse2's picture

You are totally right. But for Napoleon you should also consider subsequent losses induced by the consequences of the Russian campaign : the creation of new coalitions against France.

An example of how losses were tolerated in the past :

World War I cost France 1,697,800 dead and 4,266,000 wounded (of whom 1.5 million were permanently maimed) and 537,000 made prisoner or missing - exactly 73% of the 8,410,000 men mobilized (for a total population of 40 million).

This means that 60% of men between the ages of 18 and 28 died or were permanently maimed.

You can have an idea of what these figures woud represent for the present population of the US:

13,412,000 dead and 33,701,400 wounded (of whom 11,850,000 permanently maimed) and 4,242,000 made prisoner or missing.

It is totally impossible to imagine US reaction to casualties on that scale ...


Againstthelie's picture

Nazis would never fight for Jewish masters.


Russia is now trapped in the established war propaganda and hadn't used the time after 1990 to invite Ukrainian historians to investigate the Holodomor and get rid of the Bolsheviks lies. Instead to liberate both nations by showing the truth, that Bolshevism was NOT a Russian product, but Jewish, showing the Ukrainians that the Holodomor was not committed by Russians, and showing the Ukrainians that also the Russian people was the victim of Jewish Bolshevism, because the Russians lost their middle and uppel class and millions of Christians were murdered.

That would have shown the Ukrainians that the Russians do not identify with the occupation and the crimes and vice versa, the hate of many Ukrainians against Russia would have waned.

Peace by honesty and justice.

But instead of this, today the killers of the millions of Ukrainians are still protected by the established propaganda, a propaganda that Russia is defending


Because of these lies, Putin cannot name the real masters of the coup in Ukraine, he must keep playing the "fascism" card to keep the Russians united, although he knows, that the Right Sector with his Jewish chiefs plays not only a minimal role, but in fact the Ziomasters are using Ukrainian nationalism as tool against Russia.

That Ukraine is turned into a colony of EU and USrael, selling it's pipeline system, it's resources is the best proove that the Kiev regime has nothing to do with Nationalsocialism.

The Ukrainian regime is a globalist regime, was put into power by the globalists and uses patriots as cover and useful idiots. When they are no longer needed, they will be proscuted like in all European ZOGs.


The problem is, when a country is under external attack, like Russia, there is no time to destroy myths. Especially a myth liek the "Great Patriotic War", that strenghtens Russian patriotism.

In fact this myth was so strong, that not even the red globalists after the war, dared to abandon it and turn again torwards world republic as their official goal.

The window of opportunity between Ukraine and Russia in that regard has closed. Now the lies and the product of lies, the hate, is being used by the same forces, that were the reason for the Bolshevik terror. That's the tragic of history and it shows how dangerous and devastating historic lies can be, decades or even centuries after their invention.

rbg81's picture

Not only do you have no clue what you're talking about, you take way too much space not making any sense.  

In short, you bore the living shit out of me.

Usura's picture

Good commentary.  While Paul Craig Roberts also has some excellent commentary on Ukraine and a good link to a video press conference by DPR that I will get back to in a moment, he completely misses the flaws of the "NAZI / Facist" characterization of the putsch government in Kiev.  Your view of the matter is much more internally consistent.

From the video of the DPR press conference here: , it appears that the DPR is no longer interested in "Federalization" (read annexation) by Russia.  They seem to want to go it alone which would strategically place them as a buffer between Ukraine and Russia.

Always the optimist, I can imagine and hope for the sort of truth and reconciliation about the true nature of Bolshevism being an early project of the new DPR.  Perhaps they will be less burdened and constrined by the prevailing lies of history.

kliguy38's picture

LMAO tha't just not right billy

Escrava Isaura's picture



Cool fashion, style!

Must be nice have that type of money.

Handful of Dust's picture

I think I saw that last person on the Italian Dating site on the left-hand side of the page, "Italian Sweeties are waiting to Talk to you ...."

ndree's picture

the less relevant and more needy they are, the more noise they make. Just look at the poles, they depend on Russia for the greater part of thier gas but keep on braying like donkeys; when Russia refuses to buy their apples, they squeal like swines. what a bunch of retards! They should be left to freeze their white butts off this winter!

Omen IV's picture

The Poles should be made an example to everyone else - cut the gas / close down the trade completely - let them bleed to death for Tusk's personel objectives  until they reject the USA & NATO - should be the singular objective for Russia as alternate parallel front



Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Actually, it's the smart and correct call he made: To front-run the premeditated "Creeping Commitments" spearheaded by the Anglo - American Alliance, which is directing its Manifest Destiny (NWO) toward Russia.

France's future and independence lies in being an integral part of the Eurasian Silk Road, not as a junior partner of said Alliance.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Remember Russia was NWO all the way until the Putin purge. They lost Russia now they want it back. 

Majestic12's picture

Well, TahoeBilly....a redeeming comment... +1

Are the Mackinaw biting?  How about the casino whores?  Topical antibiotics usually helps....

TahoeBilly2012's picture

If you want a fishing or ski report I suggest Google. The Reno sugar babies are always "biting" (literally), so far no infections just lotsa ego boosting sex. Wood knock.

Againstthelie's picture

You are talking about France. But France is ZOG and ZOG gives a shit about France or any other country - except one!

robertsgt40's picture

I'm guessing the Maginot Line is still there.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

WW3 is probably underway. We just don't know it yet. By the time we figure out that it's started, a lot of people will have gotten free cremation--think of all the money that will save Obamacare.

Keyser's picture

WWIII started some time ago on financial fronts... Act II will include limited military confrontation... 

Amish Hacker's picture

Historically, the sequence seems to be currency war, trade war, kinetic war. Guess where we are now.

Seer's picture

"Guess where we are now."

Deep doo-doo?

August's picture

When "kinetic" arrives, all Americans will answer their nation's call.  Full mobilization... and Victory!

Keyser's picture

The current generation of Merkans do not have the same intestinal fortitude that their grandparents had when FDR rallied the people for WWII... If the current generation can't text it, snap a selfie of it or masturbate to it, it is of no interest... 


The Blank Stare's picture

I heard silverstien just bought the Sears Tower.

Get ready for 911 Part II in a few more days. Problem is getting past regulations when the US Nazi skin head population wants to sign up.