President Macron's comments on NATO have caused a stir. But that is what French presidents have always been expected to do since General de Gaulle in the 1960s.
Compared to de Gaulle, Macron has been fairly mild. True he suggested that NATO might be “braindead”. De Gaulle went further. He withdrew France from NATO's Integrated Military Structure because he could not accept overall US command in peacetime, of French forces allocated to NATO.
Macron' remarks were exaggerated but he highlighted a real problem which, not surprisingly, arise out of President Trump's incoherent and dysfunctional approach to NATO.
Since becoming President, Trump has attacked his allies for inadequate spending on defence, demonstrated his preference for authoritarian leaders over democratic ones, and, without even consulting NATO allies has initiated major reversals of policy in Syria, Afghanistan and in relations with Turkey. In truth, Trump has no strategy; only a series of political spasms expressed in often juvenile tweets.