EU needs to strengthen after Brexit - French President in Warsaw

At a joint press conference with the Polish President Andrzej Duda, Macron noted that this is his first visit to Poland and the first European visit this year. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

French President Emmanuel Macron, who started his visit to Poland on Monday, said that a new era is opening after Brexit and the European alliance must strengthen in order to be able to function in an uncertain world and respond to European challenges.

At a joint press conference with the Polish President Andrzej Duda, Macron noted that this is his first visit to Poland and the first European visit this year.

"This is the time when the new European Commision starts work. A new era after Brexit is also opening - we must unite and strengthen our alliance so that we can operate in an uncertain world. We know what the European situation looks like and we must respond to European challenges," the French president said.

In reference to the programme of strategic cooperation signed by the Polish and French foreign ministers earlier on Monday, Macron said it was a very important document which sets "a common course of action" in such areas as cyber security, climate, energy security and economy.