Macron wants Europeans to boost defense, be ‘respected’

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PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says Europeans must boost their defense plans and make themselves “respected,” as France opens talks with the United States to try to restore confidence after a submarine dispute led to a major diplomatic crisis. Macron said Tuesday that “Europeans must come out of their naivety.” It was the first time he had spoken about the new Indo-Pacific defense deal announced this month by the U.S., Australia and Britain. As part of the pact, Australia will cancel a multibillion-dollar contract to buy diesel-electric French submarines and acquire U.S. nuclear-powered vessels instead. In an unprecedented move, France recalled its ambassador to the U.S. in response.

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