Emmanuel Macron has said Europe can no longer entrust its security to the US alone, during a speech setting out the roadmap for French diplomacy in the year to come.
In front of an audience of French ambassadors on Monday, Mr Macron said “it’s up to us” to guarantee Europe’s security and therefore its sovereignty
He said discussions on defence cooperation should include all European countries and Russia, on condition progress is made with Moscow on Ukraine.
France is pushing for the full implementation of the 2015 Minsk peace agreement that was sponsored by France and Germany to settle the conflict in Ukraine, which has killed at least 10,000 people since 2014.
Since his election in May 2017, the 40-year-old leader has called for a more integrated European Union (EU), with a common European defence budget and security doctrine.
In November, EU countries officially launched a new era in defence cooperation with a programme of joint military investment and project development aimed at helping the EU confront its security challenges.