President Emmanuel Macron spoke of the importance of common defence and security on Sunday as he marked Bastille Day celebrations in France.
In his annual July 14 message, he said: “Not since the end of the Second World War has Europe been so necessary.”
His message was posted as he prepared to host other world leaders at a military parade in Paris.
Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 by a mob of Parisians during the opening stages of the French Revolution. The anniversary became a national day in 1880 and is marked by parades, speeches, parties and fireworks.
The major public event is the military parade down the Champs Elysees in Paris.