Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Six held over 'plot' to attack French president Macron

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Patty Aguilar | 09 November, 2018, 01:02

President Macron is concerned Europe is not in a position to defend itself in a sovereign matter, without the aid of the United States.

Macron said Brexit was the result of disenchantment of the working and middle classes with Europe and the City of London financial centre.

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America", he told French radio station Europe 1.

"It's about reinforcing Europeans' capacity to act independently to guarantee their security whenever that's necessary", said an aide to French Defence Minister Florence Parly. "I want to build a real security dialogue with Russian Federation, which is a country I respect, a European country - but we must have a Europe that can defend itself on its own without relying only on the United States".

France is the strongest and most vocal proponent of an European Union army but Germany has also tentatively endorsed Mr Macron's proposals for a joint command structure for military interventions.

The Commission's benevolent attitude towards the European army concept is no news: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has endorsed the idea of creating the EU armed forces since 2014.

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"We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army".

"The peace and prosperity which Europe has enjoyed for 70 years are a golden moment in our history, ' continued Mr Macron".

"If courage is lacking in the defence of fundamental principles, worldwide order becomes fragile and this can lead, as we have already seen twice, to global war", Macron said.

In an Odoxa-Dentsu poll released mid-September, Macron and Le Pen's parties were neck-and-neck at around 21 percent, while the conservative Les Republicains came third with 14 percent and Melenchon's France Insoumise fourth with 12.5 percent.

On Wednesday, Macron called Philippe Petain "a great soldier" in speaking to reporters amid criticism over his intention to pay homage to Petain among other World War I fighters at a ceremony Sunday.

The European elections are shaping up to be a major battle between centrist, pro-EU parties like Macron's LREM and far-right formations that want to stop immigration and globalization.

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