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France's Macron urges defence of democracy in EU

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18:30 17-04-2018
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French President Emmanuel Macron has urged Europeans to resist rising authoritarianism and renew their commitment to democracy, BBC reports.

"I don't want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers that has forgotten its own past," he told the European Parliament, in a passionate speech.

"I want to belong to a generation that chose to defend its democracy."

In Strasbourg he is launching a series of debates with voters, aimed at re-engaging them with the European Union.

He warned that "there seems to be a European civil war, where nationalism and egotism takes precedence over what brings us together". He condemned what he called "a fascination with the illiberal".