"We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army", Macron said in the interview, recorded on Monday night in Verdun, northeast France, as he tours the former Western Front during week-long World War I centenary commemorations.
French presidents have been targeted several times over the decades.
"Europe needs to be prepared to "[defend] itself better alone, without just depending on the United States", the French president added.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel backed the idea of an intervention force in June, but said it would have to be part of "the structure of defence co-operation".
"We will be meeting at the G-20 and probably we'll have meetings after that, probably plenty of meetings", he said, repeating his long-held belief that "getting along with Russia, China and all of them will be a good thing".
In Damanskom ossuaries of Verdun are buried more than 16 thousand identified French soldiers and the remains of 130 thousand nameless soldiers who died on the battlefields.
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"It's about reinforcing Europeans' capacity to act independently to guarantee their security whenever that's necessary", said an aide to French Defence Minister Florence Parly. "Faced with a Russian Federation that has shown itself capable of being a threat, I want to create a proper security belt against Russian Federation, which is a country I respect, which is itself European", he said.
Mr Macron also repeated his warning that he was concerned about the similarities between the world today and the financial crisis and "nationalism playing on people's fears" of the 1930s.
President Donald Trump will travel to Paris to participate at an worldwide ceremony to commemorate the end of World War 1 on November 11.
He spoke of Europe that was becoming increasingly fractured and singled out the UK's vote to leave the European Union as part of that disenchantment.
Francis Kalifat of the CRIF association of French Jewish groups said he was "shocked" by Macron's comments praising a leader who helped deport thousands of Jews to their deaths.
However this month Le Pen's renamed party, the National Rally, overtook Macron's La Republique En Marche in a poll of voting intentions for next year's European Parliament.