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French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to veto the British defense minister's candidacy for NATO secretary general. France opposes any candidates from Britain or Turkey who might qualify for the role, Express.co.uk writes.

The term of Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expires in September 2023. Wallace is among the contenders for the role.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen accused Mr Macron of "anglophobia", telling Express.co.uk: "While Macron's anglophobia is disappointing, he is at least consistent."

Another Conservative MP noted that France's stance raises questions for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, noting that he views Macron as a friend.

Meanwhile, David Jones, deputy chairman of the European Research Group, said that any sensible person would recognize that having a representative of a major military power in this role is a good idea.

According to the Times, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland have also claimed the role.

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