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Macron's office says Trump anger based on misunderstanding

AFP  |  Paris 

on Saturday attempted to defuse a row sparked by Emmanuel Macron's comments about a which angered US Donald Trump, suggesting his remarks had been misinterpreted.

Trump arrived in for World War 1 commemorations on Friday night blasting what he termed "very insulting" remarks from Macron who had mentioned the US alongside China, as national security threats earlier this week.

Macron's office on Saturday acknowledged that his remarks "could create confusion" but stressed: "He never said we need a against the "

Many organisations, including AFP, quoted from the following remarks from Macron during his interview with 1 radio on Tuesday.

"We are being hit by attempted break-ins in cyberspace and interventions elsewhere in our democratic lives," Macron said.

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, and even the

"When I see Trump announce a few weeks ago that he will pull out of a major disarmament treaty, which was signed after the euromissile crisis in the middle of the 1980s which struck Who is the principal victim? and its security," he concluded.

Macron went on to make the case for a "true European army" that would give Europe strategic autonomy, meaning that it would no longer have to depend on the US for its security.

Trump's uncertain support for the transatlantic military alliance NATO, which Europe has relied on since World War II, has led to a reassessment of Europe's security needs in many European capitals.

German has also publicly stated that Europe can no longer rely on might alone. One of the French president's closest political allies attacked Trump on Saturday morning.

Richard Ferrand, a founding member of Macron's political party, said there was "an aggressive side" to Trump's tweet on Friday night about Macron.

The messages were "the word of a travelling who in many ways wants to promote sales of American arms while we want to ensure that Europe... is able to defend itself and produce its own weapons to defend itself," Ferrand told radio.

Ferrand is in the lower house of parliament.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 20:15 IST