French President Emmanuel Makron urged the creation of a "true European army" to protect the continent from Russia, China and the United States.
"We need to be protected against China, Russia and even the United States of America," said Macron on Europe's radio 1 on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse said.
Referring to the recent decisions by President Donald Trump, the 40-year-old French leader has warned that European security is at risk.
"When I see President Trump announce that he is resigning from a major disarmament agreement that has been created since the 1980s that hit Europe, who is the main victim?" "Europe and its security" The French president has come to the conclusion that Europe needs a single army to "protect" itself.
Macron previously expressed her view that Europe should coordinate joint military action, the BBC said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also supported such a plan, saying in June that it would be part of the "defense cooperation structure."
"It is up to us to guarantee European security," Macron said in an August speech, adding that the continent could no longer rely on the US for protection.
"President Macron's request for a stronger European defense effort comes from two groups of actors," BBC defense correspondent Jonathan Marcus explained, "his support for the largest European program on the one hand, but also the fear that the Trump administration on the other, by overthrowing the conditions and so on. "
While Macron, who took office in May 2017, just a few months after Trump, first appeared to have a positive relationship with the American president, since then he has been publicly involved in many issues such as the Paris climate agreements, an agreement. Last month, the French president stressed the importance of the Inter-term Nuclear Force (INF) treaty in a direct talk with Trump, after the White House noted that it would withdraw from the ten-year deal.
Despite the warnings and concerns of the French president, he will host Tromba and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War on November 11 in Paris. At the end of October, the Trump is described the upcoming trip as "very exciting" to a tweet and said he just spoke with the president of France to discuss the celebration.
However, Trump also described the European Union as an "enemy" last summer. When asked about global forces he saw threats for the US, the president first referred to long-term US allies before he showed Russia and China.
"Well, I think we have many enemies, I think the European Union is an enemy, what they do to us in trade," he said, "You will not think of the European Union now but it is an enemy."