Emmanuel Macron’s new year’s speech: ‘France can’t succeed without a strong Europe’

French president promises to listen to dissenting voices but appeals to Europeans not to give in to ‘nationalists and sceptics’

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, appealed to European citizens “not to give in to nationalists and sceptics”, as he used his new year’s speech to promise to make the European Union “more united, more sovereign and more democratic”.

Macron said in a televised address: “I deeply believe Europe can become that economic, social, environmentally-friendly, scientific power that will be able to face China and the United States.” He added: “Europe is good for France. France can’t succeed without a strong Europe.”

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New Year’s celebrations hailed as a ‘fantastic success’ by police

Police praise the behaviour of partygoers around the country who gathered to ring in 2018, with celebrations in Sydney hailed as a success after more than 1 million people descended on the Harbour foreshore for a fireworks extravaganza.