Edited by Donell Newkirk. Additional footage courtesy of Reuters.
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President Emmanuel Macron has given the most integrationist, pro-European speech of any French leader since Francois Mitterrand in the 1980s. He clearly thinks that with Britain on the way out of the EU, and Angela Merkel weakened after this weekend's German elections, that this is France's moment to lead in Europe. And he came out with a really hard hitting and radical speech full of ideas.
Mr. Macron came up with a cascade of initiatives, ranging across the field really from a European military intervention force, a European public prosecutor for going after terrorists and organised crime to common corporate and environmental taxes to fund a much bigger EU budget. He was even radical enough to suggest that it was time to break the French taboo and go for a really big far reaching overhaul of farm policy, something that France has resisted for decades.
Intriguingly, Mr. Macron soft pedalled on his Eurozone reform agenda. This had been billed as the centrepiece of his speech. But in the end, he didn't really come up with any of the ideas that would have really angered Berlin, such as Euro bonds, which would involve German taxpayers carrying a lot more of the burden for the Eurozone. And instead, he opted for, or pushed for, a new bilateral treaty with Germany as the sort of linchpin of cooperation with Berlin.
This was a much more energetic and innovative speech I think than many people had expected. But I think at the end of the day, you need consensus from lots of other governments and other leaders in Europe. And I think there is a risk as ever that this will be a ambitious speech from a French president that doesn't actually gain that much traction.