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"We will not protect the Europeans if we do not decide to have a real european army".

Defence ministers from nine European countries will meet in Paris on Wednesday to set out plans for a joint force that could rapidly be deployed in response to a conflict or natural disaster.

The European Parliament elections determine who leads the major EU institutions, including the European Commission, the bloc's civil service, and are also important as a bellwether of sentiment among the EU's 500 million people.

"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.

President Macron has been taking a week-long tour of north-east France, visiting villages and towns that saw so much bloodshed during WWI and are now struggling with deindustrialization and unemployment.

Acknowledging this, Mr Macron said: "I am not hiding any page of history".

Mr Farage told his listeners: "I said it for years, "they're going to build a European army".

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

Stating that Europe needs an army "without just depending on the U.S.", Macron said that Europe needs to protect itself especially from Russian Federation and the U.S.

A diplomatic tussle has broken over the European Union's flagship defence cooperation pact, amid warnings that the bloc could cut itself off from major allies like the USA and post-Brexit Britain.

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

Several commentators have criticised the ceremony, especially for its lack of military display, and have previously criticised the President for snubbing the achievements of French foot soldiers and normal conscripts, who - back then - formed the majority of the national army.

"We need to hear the fear and anger".

Macron was in the northeastern French city of Verdun on Tuesday as part of centenary commemorations for the end of World War I.

Macron convincingly defeated the far-right Front National candidate Marine Le Pen in the May 2017 presidential campaign.



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