After Macron's speech, the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, congratulated the reforming spirit of the president and the defense of European unity.
Macron tackled critics among his National Front opponents at home and European leaders such as newly re-elected Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, rejecting visions of illiberal democracy, hostile to immigration and intolerant of criticism.
At the same time, both the French government and President Emmanuel Macron spoke about their intention to proceed with the reform.
"Some people call this the old Europe".
"I am for the most integrated and closest possible relationship after Brexit, and there's a well-known solution - it's called European Union membership", he said. "I call this the democratic Europe", Weber said, gesturing to the ranks of MEPs representing parties ranging from Communists to the far right. A decision to open membership talks would require all 28 member states' approval in June.
Juncker said Macron's arrival in power in France had given new hope to the world's biggest trading bloc.
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"Faced with authoritarianism, the answer is not democratic authoritarianism but the authority of democracy", he said.
He repeated his calls for reform of the eurozone, a digital tax, re-engagement with voters ahead of the European parliamentary elections next year, and moves to protect the continent's sovereignty in areas ranging from copyright to data.
Calling for fellow European Union leaders to follow his example in holding a public dialogue on Europe's future, Macron noted that he was launching the process later that day in eastern France.
The coalition German Chancellor Angela Merkel finally formed has stuck to Germany's reluctance to share financial burdens, defying Mr. Macron's core ambition for a common eurozone budget to boost investment and fight recessions.
In his speech at the parliament in Strasbourg and during the public debate in Epinal, Mr. Macron sought to show how a stronger European Union can protect citizens. Foremost, the uncertainty sparked by German elections in September set off months of negotiations in Berlin, leaving Mr. Macron without his principal European negotiating partner.