When in Paris, Melania Trump celebrates French fashion

15 Juillet, 2017, 08:21 | Auteur: Eugenie Lecerf
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President Trump will be the guest of honor at the annual Bastille Day military parade on Paris' famous Champs Elysee Avenue come Friday.

As often happens under this administration, the political substance was overshadowed by the antics of the US President. Indeed, it was quite a different tune from his suggestion that Marie Le Pen - France's former far-right presidential candidate- could win the election after the Paris attacks because of her tough stance on immigration.

One user alluded to Trump's past: During last year's election he was accused of sexually assaulting multiple women, and also made the notorious comment on audio recording about grabbing women by the "p*ssy".

As mentioned above Bastille Day remembers the historic Storming of Bastille. Macron is bidding for France to become the central pillar of a resurgent Europe. Macron is a pro-European technocrat who admires Silicon Valley and Trump is an "America First" nationalist who is skeptical of multilateral institutions like the European Union.

"Our attackers simply want to see us grieve, and you responded with your dignity", Macron said during Friday's observances in Nice, which included a low-key military parade and moving tributes by relatives of the dead.

"What a good answer that is!"

"July 14 in Nice will never be the same and it will never be the same in France", he added.

Thousands of people gathered along the Promenade des Anglais, laying red, white and blue tiles to spell out France's national motto: "Freedom, Equality, Fraternity".

For the embattled US president, trips overseas - the visit to France will be his third abroad in two months - have been a surprising pleasure, a reprieve from days filled with cable news coverage of the Russia investigation and swirling questions of whether his campaign aides worked in concert with the foreign power.

Trump said cryptically after their first talks that "something could happen with respect to the Paris accord. but we will talk about that over the coming period of time".

The US leader had appeared isolated at a meeting of top countries last weekend in Germany over his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris accord. He also said he understood Trump's motivation in withdrawing, even if he disagreed with him.

The two men enjoyed a "dinner between friends" on Thursday at a Michelin-starred restaurant on the Eiffel Tower.

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.

The subjects of their bilateral session earlier had spanned the entire range of agreements and disagreements between the two nations - trade, refugees, Ukraine, Syria, terrorism.

"We are fighting to destroy the terrorist organisations that threaten all civilised peoples and that continue to exact a terrible toll on the French people, including one year ago today", Trump's statement said.

"Together, we will eliminate their safe havens, end their financing and eradicate their ideology".