jON sTONE

Europe Correspondent | Independent

French president makes new appeal for force in run-up to First World War Armistice centenary

Emmanuel Macron has called for the creation of a ‘true European army’ to allow the EU defend itself from threats ranging from Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin.

The French president has pushed for closer EU defence union since coming to power last year but has been so far met with limited success amid foot-dragging by other member states.

‘We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,’ Mr Macron told France’s Europe 1 radio in an interview.

‘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…’

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Jon Stone is The Independent’s Europe Correspondent, based in Brussels and with a roving brief across the continent. He covers the EU institutions, Brexit and the politics of other European countries. Before being posted in Brussels in 2017 he was based in Westminster, where he covered British politics. He has worked at The Independent since 2014.

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