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Macron to outline his vision for Europe

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It was in Athens last September that Emmanuel Macron began to outline his vision for Europe.

This Tuesday the French president will be speaking before a less grandiose backdrop at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The timing and the location could hardly be more crucial - with Brexit, many see the headaches for the British government, and begin to see Brussels in a positive light.

After Trump and worries over trade, Europe is looking inwards to find strength, and the latest tensions with Russia have given new momentum to a common foreign policy - inspired by Macron.

Macron will use his Strasbourg speech to breathe new life into the "Grand March for Europe" - an initiative to advance his European ideas.

The campaign was kicked off in Brussels earlier in April.

Here's Macron's Mister Europe, Pieyre-Alexandre Anglade:

"We can see that the 21st century is a century of continental empires and that faced with Russia, the United States, China, India and tomorrow Africa we need to have a united Europe."

Macron's man on the inside is Guy Verhofstadt. He explains the need for a new political force in Europe:

"It's quite clear that we need to establish a movement at EU level which can act as an alternative to the old parties, such as the EPP and S+D, who have stifled European politics for decades."

With Brexit day one year away, and European elections soon after, it is a crucial time for Macron's EU dream to be realised.