Emmanuel Macron hit out at Theresa May's efforts to forge ties with Donald Trump
Emmaneul Macron, who resigned as France's economy minister in order to run as an independent candidate in this Spring's presidential election, hit out at the UK's decision to quit the EU and Theresa May's efforts to forge ties with new US President Trump.
The Prime Minister will today meet President Trump in Washington DC, becoming the fist world leader to meet the businessman-turned-politician since he moved into the White House.
Mrs May last night hailed the "unique and special relationship" between Britain and the US in a speech to a Republican Party conference in Philadelphia.
But Mr Macron, a former investment manager who is now the third most popular candidate to replace departing Francois Hollande, delivered a warning to Mrs May about getting too close to President Trump.
He told France Culture radio: "Britain lived in an equilibrium with Europe. But now it is becoming a vassal state, meaning it is becoming the junior partner of the United States."
it is becoming a vassal state, meaning it is becoming the junior partner of the United States
Mr Macron also described President Trump's first week in office as "extremely serious and worrying".
He said: "What's happening today with Trump's first statements and choices is extremely serious and worrying.
"It's firstly a choice that it will be an America that provokes… an America that destabilises things that have been built for decades."
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Mr Macron suggested President Trump would withdraw America from the rest of the world during his spell in the White House.
He added: "It signifies that the US will no longer be in a position to co-organise globalisation and be the world's policeman with the European Union.
"The unpredictable choices, the outbursts and the inward-looking United States of Trump no longer guarantees Europe's security."