ACCORDING TO A POLL- MOST FRENCH OPPOSE ARMS SALES TO SAUDI-LED YEMEN COALITION

PARIS – According to a poll seventy-five percent of French people want President Emmanuel Macron to suspend arms’ exports to countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, involved in the Yemeni war, the YouGov poll showed on Monday.

Macron has been receiving mounting pressure to back down on military support for the two Gulf Arab states as concerns grow that French weapons are being used in the offensive, which marks its third year on Monday.

The two Gulf Arab states are leading a coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi group that controls most of northern Yemen and the capital Sanaa.

The conflict of three years has killed more than 10,000 people and a refugee crisis with more than three million fleeing to neighboring states.

The poll showed that 88 percent of respondents said their country should stop arms exports to all countries where there is a chance they will be used against the civilian populations and particularly 75 percent for those operating in Yemen.

Seven in 10 people said the government should stop exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Eoin Dubsky campaign manager for SumOfUs that conducted the survey said, “On the occasion of the third anniversary of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, it is high time for the (French) government to hear this message,”

“Emmanuel Macron, who presents himself to the world as a humanist president, must pass from words to deeds.”

The poll comes as a trend of some European states such as Germany, back track their coalition afforts with the Saudi-led military. Other notable allies France, Britain and the United States have not followed suit.

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