Macron calls for coordinated EU nuclear defence strategy – with France at centre

By Julie Gaubert

Addressing military officers in Paris on Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron called for a more coordinated European Union defence strategy, with France and its nuclear arsenal to play a central role in it.

His speech came one week after Britain has exited the EU, leaving France as Europe’s only nuclear-armed state.

Macron’s vision over nuclear weapons laid emphasis on deterrence theory: countries with such weapons should be less likely to attack each other for fear of mutual destruction, the arms serving therefore as guarantors of peace.

“The strategic stability which goes through the search for a balance of forces at the lowest possible level, is no longer guaranteed today,” he declared. “Behind the crisis of the great instruments of arms control and disarmament, it is the security of France and Europe which is at stake.”