Macron also picked up the present campaign against populist-governed nations like Hungary and Poland to have control of their own borders taken away from them by the European Union, by repeating calls to establish a "common border force and a European asylum office".
Instead, he called on people to support parties who want to strengthen Europe. He concluded by addressing European citizens to say that "this is the choice I propose: to chart together the road to European renewal". He also made more emotional requests for voters to reject nationalism, writing that it is Europe, not the nation-state, that "unites, frees, and protects us".
I propose creating a European Agency for the Protection of Democracies, which will provide each member state with European experts to protect their election processes against cyber-attacks and manipulation.
Other EU officials, when speaking on condition of anonymity, were also less diplomatic, ascribing the timing of the proposals to Macron's desire to boost his popularity ratings in France before the European Parliament elections in May. Criticising his self-identity as a European leader first and French second, Morano said: "This is Macronism - France has to disappear into this European federalism".
He also referred to climate change, and said he would accept nothing less than a zero-carbon France by 2050, and a reduction by half of pesticide use by 2025.
If so, this would continue a worrying trend for politicians like Macron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel who have seen their parties lose voters amid a backlash against their immigration policies and economic reforms.
Macron's address came less than a month from the UK's anticipated exit from the EU and three months ahead of the European elections that some observers believed threatened to bring to power populist forces who supported nationalist agendas such as Brexit.
Nadine Morano of the opposition Republicans noted that France seems to figure little in Macron's plans.
Faced with this growing working class opposition, Macron is reacting by turning to military-police and anti-immigrant rhetoric, in line with the rest of the ruling elite.