15 May '17, 5pm

New French president to promote closer defense ties with Germany

PARIS – Emmanuel Macron headed to Berlin Monday to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel, with the newly inaugurated French president seeking to promote closer defense ties between France and Germany in a bid to build a stronger European military. A much noticed sign of Macron’s commitment to the French services came in Sunday’s inauguration ceremony, when the commander in chief rode in an Acmat command car rather than a presidential vehicle up the Champs Elysées to pay homage to the unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe. Before stronger defense cooperation can occur, “there has to be European policy, a top down approach,” said Vincent Desportes, former head of the French War College and professor of Science Po university. A close link between Macron and Merkel could lead to a higher level of defense cooperation between the two major European powers. One of Macron’s campaign pled...

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