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Macron Says EU Can’t Go Back to Relying on U.S. Under Biden

  • New U.S. administration shouldn’t alter EU course, Macron says
  • French leader speaks amid media offensive following criticism
U.S. soldiers take part in a training exercise in Hohenfels, Germany.

U.S. soldiers take part in a training exercise in Hohenfels, Germany.

Photographer: Capt. John Farmer/U.S. Army

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French President Emmanuel Macron said the European Union must push on with its efforts to develop the capacity to act independently in technology, international finance and defense, even after President-elect Joe Biden takes over in the U.S.

In an interview with Le Grand Continent, a Paris-based policy journal, Macron said that EU leaders mustn’t let the defeat of Donald Trump persuade them that they can return to relying on the U.S. to underwrite European security and to defend the bloc’s interests.