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European security must no longer depend on US, France's Macron says

European security must no longer depend on US, France's Macron says

French President Emmanuel Macron pushed Monday for Europe to take more responsibility for its own defence, saying the continent's security shouldn't rely so much on the United States and could even include discussions with Russian Federation.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the annual French ambassadors' conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 27, 2018.

"In the coming months, I will be presenting a project to strengthen European solidarity in the field of security".

Macron said "it's up to us" to guarantee Europe's security and therefore its sovereignty.

Macron also took a swipe at some other European Union countries, including Italy, who he says are supporting European Union policy when it suits them but putting national interest above unity on other matters. "There is a clear voice of European opportunism and claimed nationalism".

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Macron's speech on Monday aimed to set the roadmap of French diplomacy for the next year.

Macron's vision included a more united front on at least half a dozen security topics and comes after U.S. President Donald Trump's repeated demands for Europe to become more self-sufficient in its defence.

"The partner with whom Europe built the new post-World War order appears to be turning its back on this shared history", he said.

Meanwhile, French forces' operations to combat an Islamist uprising in West Africa, started under Macron's predecessor and made a priority by the 40-year old, have struggled to root out jihadists in Mali and neighbouring countries.

He proposed to organize a meeting on the issue on the margins of World War One commemorations on November 11 in Paris, since he has invited dozens of world leaders to the event including U.S. President Donald Trump, who said he would come.

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