“Europeans must come out of naivety” by “drawing the consequences” of the new strategic choices of the United States, turned towards their rivalry with China, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.
His reaction was expected. After the submarine crisis with Australia, Emmanuel Macron, for the very first time, publicly raised the subject on Tuesday, speaking of the need, especially for Europe, to no longer be dependent on the United States.
“Europeans must come out of naivety,” assured the French president. “The United States of America is great historical friends and allies in terms of values, but we are forced to note that for more than ten years the United States initially focused on itself, and has strategic interests which are reorienting themselves towards China and the Pacific “, he underlined.
The head of state also revived the idea of European defense. “It is with the same pragmatism and the same lucidity that we as Europeans must take our share of our own protections (…) We are asked to assume more of our own protection, I think it is legitimate; it is therefore up to us to do it “, added Emmanuel Macron
The September 15 announcement of a strategic partnership between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, which resulted in the cancellation of a French submarine mega-contract in Canberra, sparked a major diplomatic crisis between France and the United States.