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Six Arrested Over Suspected Plot to Attack France President Emmanuel Macron

Six Arrested Over Suspected Plot to Attack France President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for a "real European army" to allow the European Union to defend itself against Russian Federation and even the United States.

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

" QNA reported quoting Macron and further adding that European Union is trying to deal with the US President Donald Trump's move to reduce his country's role in Europe by adopting a European defence fund starting in 2019 to develop joint defence capabilities".

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States", Macron told Europe 1 in his first radio interview since becoming president in May 2017.

The same month, nine EU countries - namely, France, Germany, Britain, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, Spain and Portugal - joined European Intervention Initiative (EII), a European military force to react to potential crises without help from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or Washington.

"The idea of creating a common strategic culture is not a bad one", he said.

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Europe also had to "protect itself" against the rise of China and against United States policies that harmed European security, he said.

The French-led initiative would not conflict with the nearly 70-year-old, US -dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, proponents say, but reflects in part concerns about a more isolationist United States under President Donald Trump.

Last July, a far-right agitator was arrested for on suspicion of plotting to assassinate Macron.

His call came as he is due to welcome Donald Trump, the USA president, and other world leaders, including Theresa May and Russia's Vladimir Putin to France to commemorate the Armistice centenary.

French President Emmanuel Macron has waded onto controversial ground by praising a World War I general who subsequently collaborated with the Nazis in World War II.