Published: Wed, November 07, 2018

French police arrest six people over plot to attack Macron

French police arrest six people over plot to attack Macron

"It's right that we honour the marshals who led France to victory", Macron said in the town of Charleville-Mezieres, part of a tour of northern France marking the centenary of the war's end.

Britain signed a military cooperation agreement with Germany on Friday (5 October), emphasising London's commitment to helping shield Europe from future security threats at a time when negotiations over its own exit from the European Union are reaching a crunch time.

Today, Macron also said Europe needed to build a real army to become less reliant on the United States and in the face of a resurgent Russian Federation.

Macron said of the recent White House decision to back out of the INF treaty banning the development of medium-range nuclear capable cruise missiles.

Emmanuel Macron has called for the creation of a "true European army" to allow the EU defend itself from external threats.

The French head of state will receive world leaders including Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin for commemoration ceremonies in Paris on Remembrance Sunday.

"This is the Commission that put forward lots of initiatives and proposals to start building gradually a more meaningful and assertive defense identity in these hard geopolitical times", he told reporters at a regular briefing. Paris at the same time launched with eight partners in a european-based group intervention created to be able to quickly lead a military operation, an evacuation from a country at war or to provide assistance in the event of a disaster. French President Emmanuel Macron Survives No-confidence Motions.

"The peace and prosperity which Europe has enjoyed for 70 years are a golden moment in our history", he said, warning that this was the exception rather than the rule.

The centrist president has recently addressed concerns over the rise of the far-right across Europe, including in France where the National Front's Marine Le Pen captured 10 million votes in the 2017 presidential election.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said previous year that "deference to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation can no longer be used as a convenient alibi to argue against greater European efforts".

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