Macron and Trump mark France's Bastille Day

Macron and Trump mark France's Bastille Day

Macron and Trump mark France's Bastille Day

Despite media efforts to get two recently elected world leaders to butt heads, by reminding them of their election-time animosity, the new bond between Trump and Macron seems to be "unbreakable" following United States president's first official visit to Paris.

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

Despite the historic "special relationship" between the United States and Britain, Trump has shown little interest in British affairs since his inauguration, further delaying a traditional visit to the country until 2018.

Trump later showed how much he appreciated the hospitality, tweeting a picture of he and Macron, heads close together, deep in conversation as they watched the parade with the Arc de Triomphe in the background.

When they shook hands after Mr Macron and his wife, Brigitte, met Mr Trump and Melania at Les Invalides in Paris last week, it appeared to last considerably longer than their first - long enough, indeed, for Mr Trump to tell the French First Lady she was in "great shape".

It was Trump's first visit to France as president.

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The American president noted that Bastille Day marks one year since a terrorist killed 86 people celebrating the holiday in Nice.

With a military parade on the Champs-Elysees and a gilded tour of France's most storied monuments, French President Emmanuel Macron has laid on the charm as he positioned himself as the indispensable intermediary between Europe and Donald Trump.

Trump reportedly requested military hardware to be included in his inaugural parade, though ultimately the usual mix of marching bands processed down Pennsylvania Avenue instead of tanks and troops.

"The presence at my side of the president of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump, and of his wife, is the sign of a friendship across the ages", Macron said.

It seems President Trump will continue to confuse and divide interpretation when it comes to both his politics and personality, with his handshakes yet another element that recurrently grips worldwide interest. According to Macron, he and Trump have similar views on terrorism and will continue to work together to eradicate it.

"My handshake with him, it's not innocent", Macron said.

Trump's visit to Paris has drawn global attention. So the Bastille Day parade seemed like a natural fit for Trump, who sometimes appears bored at public events but who seemed transfixed at the performance in Paris.

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