Emmanuel Macron wants a “true European army” to defend against superpowers

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 14: U.S President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron attend the traditional Bastille day military parade on the Champs-Elysees on July 14, 2017 in Paris France. Bastille Day, the French National day commemorates this year the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States of America into World War I. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

French president Emmanuel Macron has called for Europe to form a “true European army” to defend itself from the threats he says come from China, Russia and the United States.

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President Macron has called for an EU defence union since coming into power last year, but has made no inroads into making it happen.

“We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America.

“When I see President Trump announcing that he’s quitting a major disarmament treaty which was formed after the 1980s euro-missile crisis that hit Europe, who is the main victim? Europe and its security.

“We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army. We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States, in a more sovereign manner.”

Macron is due to meet world leaders this weekend in Paris this weekend for commemoration ceremonies on Remembrance Sunday. Those invited include Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

It is unclear whether the subject of the US imposing sanctions on Iran that were lifted in the 2015 nuclear deal will be discussed. France have already publicly objected to the bans.

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