In a televised address, French President Emmanuel Macron warned his countrymen that the war in Ukraine had caused a ‘change of the times’ to which Europe must adapt. On March 10 and 11, European heads of government will meet in Versailles to discuss this matter.
On March 10 and 11, European heads of government will meet in Versailles to discuss this matter. Macron will also call for more European sovereignty and cooperation in the field of defense – a wish the French president has expressed since France took office as president of the European Union Council at the beginning of this year.
According to Macron, the EU should become less dependent on other countries “on land, at sea, in space, in cyberspace”. He explicitly referred to Russian gas, on which Europe would have become too dependent. Macron wants to focus more on renewables and nuclear power.
Macron also warned his compatriot that the war in Ukraine would also affect the French economy. He instructed his Prime Minister to work on an economic recovery plan, ensuring that families are protected from excessive price hikes.
She added that the French government would invest more in defense. Several hundred French soldiers arrived in Romania yesterday to guard the NATO borders. But Macron also emphasized that he wanted to keep in touch with Putin. “We are not at war with Russia,” the president added. “We unite with all the Russians who speak out against the war in Ukraine.”