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President Emmanuel Macron named fighting "Islamist terrorism" as his top foreign policy priority on Tuesday, vowing to make France a leading power in an unstable, increasingly polarised world.

In a key speech designed to burnish his foreign policy credentials after a difficult first three months in office, Macron said guaranteeing the security of the French was the "raison d'etre" of the country's diplomacy.

"Providing security for our citizens means that the fight against Islamist terrorism is our first priority," he told some 200 French diplomats gathered in Paris.

"There's no place for naivety, nor for fear of Islam that confuses Islamism and Islamic," the 39-year-old centrist added.


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