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‘Real army’ will defend Europe ‘against China, Russia, US’ - Macron

07 November 2018

Mr Macron was in the north-eastern French city of Verdun on Tuesday as part of centenary commemorations for the end of the First World War.

Last year, the European Union launched a multi-billion-euro defence fund to develop Europe's military capacities and make the continent more strategically independent.

Macron, speaking in Charleville-Mezieres, said: "I consider it entirely legitimate that we pay homage to the marshals who led our army to victory".

Stating that Europe needs an army "without just depending on the U.S.", Macron said that Europe needs to protect itself especially from Russian Federation and the U.S.

"In the very long run, we will need a European army", he tweeted on May 20, 2014. "Europe and its security", he said, referring to Trump's recent decision to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.

The nationalist leader's comments came just hours after the French leader called for the creation of a "real" European army and said that populism posed a threat to EU peace.

Details of the planned attack on Mr Macron are not known at this stage, said the person, who asked not to be named as the status of the inquiry is confidential.

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Macron has spearheaded the creation of a nine-country European force, independent from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, that could rapidly mount a joint military operation, evacuate civilians from a war zone, or provide aid after a natural disaster.

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia, and even the United States", Macron told Europe 1.

The European Commission holds that coordinated defense cooperation would not be a means to create an EU army. Conservatives in the United States that wish to see a reduced reliance on American might for European defense could consider Macron's statements something to celebrate - but some of the French president's remarks seemed to suggest a shifting perception of American values as perceived by its European allies.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will be visiting France for commemoration ceremonies in Paris on Remembrance Sunday.

According to the Interior Ministry's press office, the persons are linked to extremist right-wing movements.

"This anger is directed at an ultra-liberal Europe which no longer allows our middle classes to live decently", he said, using a term associated in France with an excessively free-market ideology.

‘Real army’ will defend Europe ‘against China, Russia, US’ - Macron