French army boss, Macron appear side-by-side amid tensions


Macron, who invited President Donald Trump to France's Bastille Day celebrations, headed toward the main viewing stands as the American leader arrived.

So Macron needs a strong US president a lot.

President Trump's suggestion during his visit with French President Emmanuel Macron that "something could happen with respect to the Paris agreement" awakened hopes that he just might be willing to reverse the decision to pull the United States out of the landmark climate agreement.

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.

If the potential for a productive relationship between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron initially seemed a scant possibility, Trump's whirlwind Bastille Day visit to France suggested that the two may be en route to establishing a partnership of the kind the US president now shares with few other world leaders, especially in Western Europe. 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". "I don't like everything America does, but they're the ones who keep the peace in the world". But those concerns paraded along the Champs Elysee along with French and American troops to commemorate the French Revolution and the entry of the US into the First World War 100 years ago.

BEARDSLEY: There were very few protests against Trump's visit, though a couple hundred people did get together in the center of Paris to denounce the American president.

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President Donald Trump is applauding as various French military units march by during the Bastille Day parade.

The two men are much farther apart on the threat posed by climate change, though Trump said vaguely there could be some movement there. President Trump sat next to President Macron in the grandstand as troops, tanks and artillery paraded past them.

Trump said "nothing happened from the meeting", and insisted that Trump Jr. had committed no wrongdoing.

In the span of one minute on Friday, the two leaders hugged each other and shook hands twice, in what looked for all the world like a literal implementation of Macron's plan to engage with Trump.

JOHN YANG: The two leaders said they discussed Syria and the fight against terrorism. And because it never stops in so good way, Donald Trump has concluded with a "beautiful".

Trump is scheduled to return to the US after the military parade and fireworks display marking the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. This trip lasted a mere 30 hours but we saw some major political drama.