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Macron: EU Cannot Rely on US for Security

Macron: EU Cannot Rely on US for SecurityMacron: EU Cannot Rely on US for Security

French President Emmanuel Macron told France's overseas ambassadors gathered in Paris on Monday that Europe can "no longer rely" upon the US for its security. "It is up to us today to take our responsibilities and guarantee our own security, and thus have European sovereignty," Macron said, CNN reported.

Since his election in 2016, US President Donald Trump has been distancing himself from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, challenging a post-World War Two consensus on peace and security in Europe.

Macron said he wanted to see a complete rethink of how Europe defends itself in the future. "I want us to launch an exhaustive review of our security with all Europe's partners, which includes Russia," he added. Macron's call for greater European military cooperation echoes recent comments by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

The French President was also critical of the European Union, saying "we are paying the price of several decades of a weakened Europe," adding that efforts must be redoubled.

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