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Mr Macron was speaking in Verdun, northeast France, as part of a week-long tour of battlefields leading up to First World War Armistice centenary commemorations on Sunday.

Stating that Europe needs an army "without just depending on the U.S.", Macron said that Europe needs to protect itself especially from Russian Federation and the U.S.

"We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States", he said.

The European elections are shaping up to be a major battle between centrist, pro-EU parties like Macron's LREM and far-right formations that want to stop immigration and globalization.

"Peace in Europe is precarious.it has never lasted so long". "Europe and its security", he would continue.

Macron will end his tour Sunday when he hosts Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and dozens of other heads of state at an armistice commemoration in Paris followed by an worldwide "peace conference".

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"We won't protect Europeans if we don't decide to have a real European army", Macron said.

Macron wants a nine-member European force, separate from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, that could intervene on short notice in conflicts or provide aid after natural disasters.

France's President Emmanuel Macron has waded onto controversial ground by praising a First World War general who subsequently collaborated with the Nazis in the Second World War.

For years French leaders have treaded lightly when dealing with Petain's tortuous legacy, which his critics say left an indelible stain on the country.

In an Ifop poll in May, the LREM was seen winning 27 percent of the European Union parliament vote, well ahead of the far-right's 17 percent and more than Macron's 24 percent in the first round of France's April 2017 presidential elections. "The threat we have also from a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, like Turkey, I think it's something that if we want to deal with we have to be together with the rest of Europe", she told Euronews' Raw Politics program on Wednesday.

Last week he warned of the "leprosy" of nationalism spreading worldwide and declared that he had been struck by the similarities of current times and the period between World War One and World War Two.

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