Emmanuel Macron calls for creation of a 'real European army'

  • Emmanuel Macron calls for creation of a 'real European army'

Emmanuel Macron calls for creation of a 'real European army'

France's far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party jumped ahead of President Emmanuel Macron's LREM for the first time in a poll of voting intentions for May 2019 European Parliament elections.

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The French president has pushed for closer EU defence union since coming to power a year ago but has been so far met with limited success amid foot-dragging by other member states. In September he told a young out-of-work gardener that he need only "cross the street" to find a job.

Hailed as a hero after the armistice, Petain would be called on to lead again after Germany invaded in 1940, taking over much of France.

The unusual presidential praise was criticized by France's leading Jewish group, known by the initials CRIF. Petain was the person who allowed the deportation of 76,000 French Jews to death camps.

And 10 people were also arrested in October 2017 over suspicions of wanting to target Muslims as well as politicians like the far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon as well as Castaner.

Macron, who is often stereotyped as an elitist former banker by his opponents, added that far-right forces were feeding off the "anger" of voters who were not doing well economically. "The History of France isn't your toy", Melenchon tweeted. Petain was a traitor and an anti-Semite.

"I will not get into this bad polemic", government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said in response to the criticism, warning against making "dubious shortcuts" before then quoting a sentence of General de Gaulle in 1966 on Petain that "his glory in Verdun can not be contested or unknown by the Fatherland". He earned the nickname by defending the French city and defeating German forces at what was the longest and one of the deadliest battles of the war; dragging on for nearly 10 months and killing some 300,000 men on both sides.

French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux played down the issue as "false controversy".