In response to Trump, France’s Hollande says EU needs no advice from outsiders
Elizabeth Pineau, Reuters, Jan 16 2017
Hollande in Paris, Jan 16 2017 (Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)
Pres Hollande on Monday responded to Pres-elect Trump’s criticism of Eurostan by saying the bloc did not need to be told what to do by outsiders. At a ceremony awarding France’s highest honor to outgoing Pindosi ambassador Jane Hartley, Hollande said:
Europe will be ready to pursue trans-Atlantic cooperation, but (such cooperation) will based on (Europe’s own) interests and values. (Europe) does not need outside advice to tell it what to do.
Speaking in an interview with London’s Times newspaper five days before his inauguration, Trump described himself as a big fan of Britain and endorsed its citizens’ vote last year to leave the Eurostan, predicting that more countries would seek to follow Britain’s example. Trump also said NATO was obsolete because it had not defended adequately against terrorist attacks. Hollande, who will not seek reelection as president in four months’ time, said that the current geopolitical climate meant Europe had no choice but to strengthen its defense and military integration to ensure its voice was heard around the world. He said:
This alliance was conceived to strengthen the capacity of its members to protect themselves collectively. It will only be obsolete when the threats have become obsolete.