France's President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said the European Union should take its security and defense projects into its own hands and become less reliant on the United States.

Macron outlined his foreign affairs policies for the coming year in a speech to French ambassadors at the Elysée Palace in Paris.

"Europe can no longer leave its defense to the US," the president said. "It is now up to us to take our own responsibility and to guarantee the safety and therefore the sovereignty of the EU," he added.

He said in the coming months he would promote a project to reinforce and restructure defense systems within the EU in a move that could also involve collaborating with third parties such as Russia.