Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

French president target of planned attack, six arrested

French president target of planned attack, six arrested

It comes on the day that Mr Macron is touring the battlefields of northern France as he marks the centenary of the World War One Armistice.

The new force would also likely lack the support of one of Europe's most powerful militaries, as the United Kingdom has repeatedly come out against a joint European force that could create a parallel command structure to the already existing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"Faced with Russian Federation, which is near our borders and has shown it could be threatening - I want to build a real security dialogue with Russian Federation, which is a country I respect, a European country - but we must have a Europe that can defend itself on its own without relying only on the United States", he added.

"Europe needs to be prepared to "[defend] itself better alone, without just depending on the United States", the French president added. Europe and its security.

Details of the planned attack on Mr Macron are not known at this stage, said the person, who asked not to be named as the status of the inquiry is confidential.

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.

"We must listen to the fear that these [EP] elections express, and the anger against a Europe that has undoubtedly become too ultra-liberal. that no longer allows even the middle classes to live well", he said.

"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.

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

She said: "If there is someone at the moment who is fuelling conflict - it's Emmanuel Macron".

Six people linked to French extreme right movements were detained on suspicions they were preparing a "violent" plot against President Emmanuel Macron.

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