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The French president has pushed for closer EU defence union since coming to power previous year but his proposals have been met with a lukewarm reception from member states.

Referring to U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement to pull out of a Cold War-era disarmament treaty, Macron said Trump's recent decision directly threatens Europe's security.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, a former premier of Luxembourg, has always been a vocal supporter of the idea that the European Union should have more common defense capability, separate from the US-dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

Mr Macron has already proposed a joint intervention force for crisis missions.

It appears that the pipe dream of a European army has a chance to become a reality: French President Emmanuel Macron, an ardent proponent of the EU common defenсe forces, has yet again called upon the bloc to form a "real European army."

"Peace in Europe is precarious", Macron told Europe 1.

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France has also spearheaded the creation of a nine-country force created to be capable of rapidly mounting a joint military operation, an evacuation from a warzone, or providing aid in a natural disaster.

A number of proposals have been put on the table for how European Union nations could cooperate more closely on defence.

Mr Macron's strong statement comes as he prepared to welcome Mr Trump and other world leaders - including Russian's Vladimir Putin - to France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice this coming Sunday, November 11.

"It is shocking that France can pay tribute to a man deemed unworthy of being French in a trial held in the name of the people", said Francis Kalifat, president of Crif, the body that represents France's 400,000-strong Jewish community.

"This anger is directed at an ultra-liberal Europe which no longer allows our middle classes to live decently", he said, using a term associated in France with an excessively free-market ideology.

Six people linked to French extreme right movements were detained on suspicions they were preparing a "violent" plot against President Emmanuel Macron.

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