NATO chief heads to Paris as France comes under fire

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LORNE COOK Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that he will travel to Paris next week for talks with President Emmanuel Macron after the French leader lamented the "brain death" of the world's biggest military alliance. Macron's very public criticism of NATO — notably a perceived lack of U.S. leadership, Turkey's unilateral decision to invade northern Syria without warning its allies, and the need for Europe to take more responsibility for its own security — has shaken the alliance. His choice of words was rejected as "drastic" by German Chancellor Angela Merkel the day after they were published in The Economist magazine. Senior U.S. and European officials have since piled on, leaving France feeling isolated for speaking out. Sp
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