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French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced a plan to deliver additional long-range cruise missiles and bombs to Ukraine and offered to find ways to work with Donald Trump if he wins another presidency.
“I will take the leaders that the people give me,” the French leader said, adding that he was ready to talk to “anyone” when France’s interests were at stake.
“I had to do this with President Trump throughout his term,” Macron said. He noted that while they found common ground on some issues, they were divided on others, notably climate change and the fight against taxes.
Macron’s comments about Trump came at a wide-ranging news conference where he addressed a range of domestic and international issues for more than two hours.
He warned that regardless of who wins the White House, Europe must be prepared that US priorities may lie elsewhere.
“They share our values, but this democracy is going through a crisis,” Macron said. According to him, his “first priority is himself” and the second is China.
“Therefore, we Europeans must all be clear about this. That is why I want a stronger Europe that knows how to defend itself and is not dependent on others,” he said. “This is how I prepare for the American election, regardless of the outcome.”
Turning to Ukraine, Macron said he would go there next month and finalize a security deal with the government in Kiev. According to him, a Russian victory would destroy the order based on international rules and make life “impossible” for Russia’s neighbors.
“We cannot and must not allow Russia to win,” he said.
According to him, France plans to deliver about 40 long-range missiles and “several hundred bombs that our Ukrainian friends are waiting for.” They come on top of previous French deliveries of artillery, light tanks and other military equipment, training for Ukrainian troops, and French efforts to increase Ukrainian production and arms purchases. .
Macron’s main press conference focused on domestic issues. He laid out sweeping plans to strengthen and better prepare France for global crises, saying the country has “every chance to succeed.”
The incident comes after Macron’s civil wars, particularly over France’s pension age and how to better control immigration, and unrest that swept hundreds of towns, villages and villages last year after the police shooting death of a teenager. was his last attempt to restore the presidency.
Macron is looking forward to a fresh start in 2024, a year when France will be in the world’s spotlight as host of the Summer Olympics in Paris. Last week, Macron installed a new prime minister, the youngest and newest in French history. Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, 34, and members of the Cabinet looked on from the sidelines as Macron held court at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday night.
Macron said he expected his new government to show “courage, efficiency and action”. Against a blue-white-and-red background, he delves into everyday life issues, from health care costs and children’s screen time to school and how to raise the birth rate in France.
Macron’s second term in office is due to the lack of a parliamentary majority. He faces a struggle to stay relevant and not become a lame duck. The press conference, aimed at showing that he still has ambitions and plans, was set for the evening to reach a wider audience. He often spoke without notes.
Macron is also focusing on his legacy. Constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term in 2027, Macon faces the risk of being succeeded by one of his staunchest political rivals, far-right leader Marine Le Pen .
Defeated by Macron in the 2017 and 2022 presidential runoffs, Le Pen and her National Rally party have gained strength under Macron.
Macron was particularly animated on Tuesday night when he spoke about Le Pen’s camp, calling it the “party of liars”.
He noted that a far-right victory in 2027 was not written.
“A lot will happen in three and a half years.
Lester contributed from Le Peck, France.