During a press conference in Amsterdam alongside Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Macron said, "Being an ally does not mean being a vassal... doesn't mean that we don't have the right to think for ourselves."
"France is for the status quo in Taiwan" and a "peaceful resolution to the situation," he added.
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"The worst thing we Europeans could do would be to be followers on this topic and to adapt to the American rhythm and a Chinese overreaction," Macron told Les Echos and Politico on Friday following a visit to China.
Former US president and top contender for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2024, Donald Trump, was the most recent to issue remarks on Macron's comments, in his own particular way.
"Macron, who's a friend of mine, is over with China, kissing his ass," Trump said in reference to Macron and China's President Xi Jinping.
The French president called Trump's comment an example of the escalation that some parties are looking for.
"France does not support provocations, does not engage in fantasy politics and considers the status quo, respect and clarity are the best allies of European strategic autonomy," Macron said.
Anti-pension reform protesters arrested
But the international fallout from his remarks was not the only thing plaguing Macron's Netherlands trip. Protesters also disturbed his state visit for the second day in a row on Wednesday.
A man and a woman were arrested after running at the French president as he got out of a limousine with the Dutch King Willem-Alexander outside of Amsterdam University.
The dramatic scene comes a day after protesters interrupted a speech by Macron in The Hague. A pension reform law being controversially passed by decree has triggered intense protests and strikes across France for weeks.
One of the protesters who ran toward the president was heard chanting "for the honor of the workers and a better world — even if Macron doesn't like it, we are here" as he was pinned to the ground.
Another group of around 40 protesters was still protesting when Macron left the university's science faculty after a roundtable with the Dutch king and local business leaders.
"We must sometimes accept controversy," Macron said in reference to the angry demonstrations in France and the Netherlands. "We must try to build a path for the future."
This is not the first time that the current protests have dampened Macron's diplomatic ambitions. Paris and London agreed to postpone what would have been King Charles III's first trip abroad as monarch due to a planned strike.
ab/msh (Reuters, AFP, AP)