Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Macron honours United States forces in Bastille Day celebrations

Donald Trump admires France, and its first lady, who he greets with bizarre handshake Here are photos from Trump's swanky Eiffel Tower dinner
Cecilia Poole | 15 July, 2017, 00:16

"You're in such good shape", he first said to Brigitte.

He has been the President of the United States for 174 days now, and yet outrageous Donald Trump quotes are still coming thick and fast - and he's still managing to shock the world with his words.

He added that it was his "high honour" to commemorate, on French soil, France's most historic day and the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into the First World War.

Joined by their wives Brigitte and Melania, they tucked into beef with truffle sauce and warm strawberry and yogurt sorbet, with one of the most celebrated views in the world as their backdrop.

Sadly, we can't see the reactions of the Macrons.

"It will ... give me great pleasure to have dinner together with you tonight", Macron added, on a day of official engagements also with his wife and with the U.S. first lady.

Responding to a question about terrorism in France, Trump said Macron would not be "easy on people who are breaking the law".

A year after Bastille Day celebrations were marred by a deadly terror attack in Nice, France is celebrating its national day amid tight security.

Trump has said the Paris accord is soft on leading polluters like China and India, putting USA industry at risk.

On climate change, Trump indicated he might be open to rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, which the US announced it has withdraw from. Earlier on Friday, Trump watched the commemorative military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

"Even if it were not a sexist remark or a reference to Brigitte Macron's age, the formulation appears at least clumsy".

Body language experts have spent hours pouring over footage of Donald Trump's handshakes, and now they have a new one to analyse. They then engaged in an interminable hand clasp before Mr Trump was whisked away in his motorcade.

Trump is in Paris this week on the invitation of Macron to celebrate Bastille Day, the French holiday to celebrate the day French revolutionaries stormed the Bastille to challenge to the country's royal family.

French President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL' mah-KROHN') is positioning himself as the indispensable intermediary between Europe and Donald Trump.

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