Bastille Day: Macron thanks United States for WWI support

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 16, 2017

Meanwhile, Trump's interaction with French President Emmanuel Macron seemed docile in comparison.

Why did Macron seem even more hostile and determined than before? In May, the two world leaders had an unplanned handshake showdown which Macron admitted, "wasn't innocent". "This is the beginning of a trustful relationship on a number of strategic issues, including on the disagreements", Macron added.

Trump is the guest of honor, invited by French President Emmanuel Macron for Friday's display of French military might. The more sober "Le Monde" noted that the French president "wants to bring his guest out of his worldwide isolation" but it went on to describe the invitation as a "diplomatic gamble".

Mr Trump Jr said in a Fox News interview on Tuesday night that "in retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently".

"Mr. Trump's presence at my side is a sign of an enduring friendship and I want to thank him", Macron said in a speech afterwards.

The company took to Mr Trump's favoured public outreach forum, Twitter, to share the chart. Macron's invitation is created to keep Trump at least partially engaged with European allies. "And honestly I think the press made a very big deal out of something really a lot of people would do", Trump said.

Trump was also questioned about America's commitment to the Paris agreement.

"Six months after Trump one can detect gradually shifting geopolitical alliances and a European gradual self awareness", said Dr. David Criekemans, Assistant Professor in International Politics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. There's a diplomatic aspect, but there's also an economic aspect that Macron never forgets.

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President Donald Trump may be the master of awkward interactions.

Justin Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are just some of the world dignitaries to have been on the receiving end of Trump's freakish handshakes in the past, but surely nothing can top this effort with French President Emmanuel Macron during the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris on Friday?

BEARDSLEY: There were very few protests against Trump's visit, though a couple hundred people did get together in the center of Paris to denounce the American president.

Trump's remarks about Mme Macron's figure wasn't the first moment of his French visit that's since made headlines.

The support from Le Pen voters surprised the pollsters after she was only recently defeated in a bitter second round campaign by Macron in May.

It all started with an intense handshake, way back on May 25, amid tension between the two over the Paris climate accord.

He has said the Paris climate accord is soft on leading polluters such as China and India, putting U.S. industry at risk. And if it happens, that'll be wonderful.

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