France: Emmanuel Macron hosts Trump for Bastille Day pomp

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Emmanuel Macron is spending this Bastille Day with US President Donald Trump a day after wrapping up a joint cabinet session with Angela Merkel and her ministers. The new president’s Paris is on full display for all.

After a difficult 2016, Europe is looking good again, particularly in France, where new President Emmanuel Macron received his US counterpart, Donald Trump, with a firm, self-confident handshake on Thursday, just as he had in their manual tug-of-war during their first meeting at this spring’s NATO summit.

Political symbolism is one of Macron’s strengths. And now, just days after the G20 summit in Hamburg, he and his wife, Brigitte, have dined with the US president and first lady Melania Trump at Le Jules Verne, the Michelin-starred restaurant inside the Eiffel Tower – once again showing off the best of what France has to offer. Macron appears eager to confront the US president without making him feel excluded. And the strategy seems to be going over well with Washington. “Trump is excited; the First Lady is excited,” a White House adviser told the French daily Le Figaro on Thursday. “It’s wonderful to visit a couple like the Macrons in Paris.” …

Read more : Deutsche Welle, 13.07.2017