State of the Union

Macron warns of nationalism in palace speech to lawmakers

French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that the battle between nationalists and progressives will be at the heart of European Union parliamentary elections next year, a "turning point" that will define the Europe of the future.

Macron made the assessment of what he said was Europe's real crisis during a 90-minute speech before some 900 French lawmakers convened at the Palace of Versailles to hear France's leader outline his vision for the next four years.

It came as successive polls showed support for Macron sliding. He acknowledged that fear and anger among voters helped get him elected in 2017 and said, "That is why I stand before you ... humble, but...