Macron says French defense spending to rise in 2018

Macron says French defense spending to rise in 2018

Macron says French defense spending to rise in 2018

On his visit to France Thursday, he introduced himself to First Lady Brigitte Macron by grabbing her hand and seemingly yanking it toward him.

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Macron made a point of detailing both the long history of ties between France and America and the areas where he and Trump disagree. The perfectly choreographed visit included a tour of Napoleon's tomb and dinner at a chic restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.

Macron then pumped the president's hand once more, a bit forcefully, then leaned in toward the taller Trump and said something behind a cupped hand.

The annual address to the army coincided with U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Paris for Friday's Bastille Day celebrations. The First Lady continued, "I also want to take a moment to thank the employees and families of the United States Embassy for all of their hard work on behalf of our country, and to extend my warmest wishes to the patients and staff at Necker Hospital".

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President Donald Trump has saluted as USA troops pass during the French Bastille Day parade commemorating the 100th anniversary of the American entry into World War I.

"Basing a relationship on one issue is not enough to make it sustainable", said Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, Director of the Paris Office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a nonpartisan American public policy think tank.

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The parade coupled traditional displays of military might with a look at wars past and present - and a nod to the USA role in both.

Trump ostensibly used the city of Paris as a foil during his 2016 campaign, regularly using it to show the impacts of crime, terrorism and runaway bureaucracy.

Mr Trump favours bilateral trade deals and applauded the UK's decision to leave the European Union, while Mr Macron is a firm believer in globalisation and wants France to embrace it more.

"You're gonna have a very, very peaceful and lovely Paris - and I'm coming back", Trump said.

Even as he promised to withdraw from the accord on June 1, Trump said he would be willing to renegotiate the terms of the Paris agreement to create "a new deal that protects our country and its taxpayers". Indeed, Trump is viewing a positive and diverse side to Europe after his meeting firstly with the leader of Poland, and now meeting Macron in Paris.

Tubiana acknowledged there was "nothing revolutionary" in the president's remarks.

"On the Iraq-Syria situation, we have agreed to continue working together, in particular on the building of a roadmap for the post-war period", Mr Macron said.

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