June 14, 2020 / 6:43 PM / 25 days ago

France's Macron says Europe needs to be less dependent on China, U.S.

A family watch French President Emmanuel Macron during a televised address to the nation, as the country eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Paris, France, June 14, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he would work to build a Europe that was less dependent on China and the United States, as France gradually emerges from an eight-week lockdown.

The coronavirus crisis has exposed how reliant France and the rest of Europe is on supply chains with China and elsewhere.

“This ordeal has exposed flaws and fragilities: our dependence to other continents to get our hands on some goods,” the president said in a televised address to the nation. “I want us to draw all the lessons from what we have learned.”

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, Michel Rose; Writing by Matthias Blamont; Editing by Edmund Blair

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