US President Trump To Be Greeted With Military Honours In Paris

-French relations forward, with security and defense matters being chief among them.

If Trump, as scheduled, holds a press conference with Macron on Thursday, it's nearly certain he will be called upon - or volunteer - to address the meeting and the wider issue of alleged collusion with the Russians. Watch their remarks in the player above.

Macron is concerned about Trump feeling backed into a corner, French diplomats said.

President Trump then announced he was pulling out of a key climate change agreement brokered in Paris, which prompted Mr Macron to release a video, in English, inviting U.S. scientists to come and live France, and parodying the Trump campaign slogan with a call to "Make Our Planet Great Again". Moreover, he senses an opportunity to sway USA thinking and elevate the role of France, a nuclear power and permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, in global affairs, in particular on Syria and the Middle East, they added.

Donald Trump will be welcomed by Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday, and will attend the annual July 14 Bastille Day celebrations on Friday, Efe reported.

Speaking to local media, Paris police chief Michel Delpuech called Trump's participation "a major challenge in the context of high-terror risk", adding that French and US security teams were working on ways to protect the USA president.

After that first encounter on the sidelines of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Macron told a French newspaper his handshake with Trump was "not innocent" and it was a "moment of truth".

It's not the first awkward greeting between Trump and a Macron. A month later, Trump apparently declined to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel's hand during an Oval Office meeting, though he shook it at other times in her visit to Washington.

Protesters are expected to demonstrate against Trump, though it is unclear to what extent.

Merkel said during a joint appearance with Macron that it's important to keep talking with Trump even where the differences are clear.

"I have never reproached Germany for being competitive", Macron said in the interview.

"What Emmanuel Macron wants to do is bring Trump back into the circle so that the United States, which remains the world's number one power, is not excluded", French government spokesman Christophe Castaner told BFM TV. The younger Trump released emails showing he believed the meeting was to discuss possible damaging material against the campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

On Thursday morning Mr Trump wore a crisp white shirt, cufflinks and a gold-coloured belt buckle that gleamed. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history.

On Friday, Trump will be the guest of honor at a military parade marking Bastille Day, the national holiday that commemorates the start of the French Revolution. While Trump has repeatedly slammed European NATO members for failing to meet the bloc's target of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense, the White House offered a more nuanced take this week, with one official saying that France, the second-biggest contributor to the USA -led coalition in Syria, was carrying a heavy load by spending 1.8 percent of GDP on defense. "France is far and away one of the largest and strongest military members of the alliance", spends "an terrible lot" on defense now and "carries a heavy load in the counterterrorism fight".

Trump is taking a break from the current controversies surrounding him back in the United States and will enjoy a 24 hour trip in Paris where he and Macron where dine at the Eiffel Tower followed by the Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysées.

The visit will also gauge whether Trump and Macron can find consensus on any of the critical issues on which they openly disagree.

And he has repeatedly said the city has been ruined by the threat of terrorism, which he ties to immigrants. "Paris is no longer the safe city it was", he said on MSNBC in 2015.

Protesters were today setting up "Trump No Go Areas", as marches created a security headache for the authorities.

France is the second-biggest contributor to the US -led coalition in Syria, and French officials have expressed fears that the United States has no clear vision beyond taking the military fight to Islamic State.

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