Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire also stressed that tensions with the U.S. over Iran revealed the need for the EU to "affirm our independence."
The popularity of the Asia-Pacific region is set to explode, experts say.
"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America," the French president said Tuesday.
The French president pointed not only to potential threats from China and Russia, but also from the United States.
At least 25 babies have been born with stunted or missing arms in three separate French regions since 2000.
Macron said Merkel "has never forgotten what Europe's values are and she leads her country with great courage," referring to her announcement as "extremely dignified."
Protestors have taken to the streets in 100 cities around the country to oppose changes that have resulted in a loss of previously guaranteed monthly support.
"This measure, eagerly awaited by the inhabitants, is the fruit of an important partnership between the prefecture of police, mayors of the district and neighborhood associations," Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.
Gérard Collomb reportedly told journalists last month that "very few of us" could still talk to Macron.
Confidence in President Donald Trump was rated lowest among world leaders from China, France, Germany and Russia.
"She pushed the door open, and raced straight for the betting corner."
The European Union's foreign policy chief said the other nations would "protect the freedom of their economic operators."
A day after the archbishop of Rouen called on a priest to confess his "inappropriate conduct" towards a young woman, the clergyman was found dead in church.
The bombers were "a hazard to all other aviation," the Ministry of Defence said.
President was compared to Marie-Antoinette after telling man finding a job was easy.