However, the war in Ukraine launched by Russia on February 24 has radically changed the situation and the priorities.

The French presidency has brought the question of European defense back to the forefront and has passed a series of sanctions against Moscow.

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Moreover, the return of the war in Europe did not succeed in silencing the dissonances between Europeans, in particular when it was a question of reducing the excessive dependence on energy imported from Russia.

The icing on the cake, the French presidency of the Council of the EU was disrupted by the presidential and legislative elections in France, which weakened Emmanuel Macron.

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