Macron criticised for ‘snubbing’ France in favour of EU
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French President Emmanuel Macron is addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, to mark the start of France’s six-month presidency of the Council of the EU. With the French presidential election looming in April this is Mr Macron’s moment to make himself shine as a beacon of European hope. The French leader is expected to speak on further integration, more European autonomy on everything from defence to semiconductors. There will certainly be no time for questions on other political issues, such as Covid tensions, as Mr Macron strives for EU sovereignty. One French official said Politico: “Tomorrow is a European moment and it’s important that it be perceived as such.”
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