More than two thirds of the alliance’s members have now agreed to Finland and Sweden’s accession FILE PHOTO: Emmanuel Macron addresses a joint press conference with Beninese President Patrice Talon at the Marina palace in Cotonou, Benin, July 27, 2022 © AFP / Ludovic Marin

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday signed the official documents approving Finland and Sweden’s applications to become NATO members. While Macron once called the US-led military bloc “brain dead,” he has switched tack since Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine.

France’s parliament approved the enlargement proposal earlier this month, after the two Nordic nations applied to join the alliance in May. By petitioning the Western bloc for membership, both renounced their prior non-alignment, with Finland officially neutral since shortly after World War II and Sweden since the early 19th Century. (RT)