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In hard-fought negotiations in Germany, Macron tried to soften US language on climate policy.

His first trip to Europe in May was shadowed by questions about his failure to mention NATO's principle of mutual self defense - questions lent added weight by his uncritical past statements about Russian Federation.

"When Macron announced the visit he said "We have a long-term strategic relationship with the U.S.' - which can be interpreted as 'We're not going to damage this relationship just because we happen to disagree with the current president"," Rapnouil said. As the Russian Federation intrigue deepened, the President has stayed out of view since returning home at the weekend with no public events set for three days. The French leader seemed intent on standing next to Trump during group photos, a reminder of his self-assigned role as Trump's European contact point.

Still, there are serious geopolitical issues at stake in Trump's trip that could benefit from his attention and may yield progress.

"Trump will not change his opinion regarding this [climate] matter".

Only two demonstrations are planned - one in eastern Paris on Thursday, the other in northern Paris on Friday - both several miles from where Macron and Trump will be. But while Macron prospered, Trump lurched into a political crisis as soon as he was inaugurated.

When a reporter with roots in Ivory Coast, once a French colony, inquired into a possible plan for Africa similar to the Marshall Plan to reconstruct post-World War II Europe, Macron said, "The challenge of Africa is totally different and a lot more profound, it's civilizational today".

That means it's unlikely anything Macron says will sway Trump from his anti-Paris agreement position, something that has endeared him to American conservatives and nationalists skeptical of both the science behind climate change and the global efforts to fight it.

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Upgrades Rating On NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA) To "Buy"
Nevertheless, roughly two-fifths of covering analysts still maintain a "hold" or "strong sell" rating, as of last night's close. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link .

President Trump and Melania on Friday will participate as guests of honor in the annual Bastille Day ceremonies on the Avenue des Champs-Élysees. Trump, for his part, has unabashedly bucked diplomatic norms, just as he pledged to during his campaign, a stance that has delighted his supporters.

For Macron, France's youngest leader since Napoleon two centuries ago, it is an opportunity to use soft diplomacy to win Trump's confidence and set about influencing US foreign policy at a time European diplomats say Washington lacks direction.

But sometime in the interim, Macron must have mulled that, uncouth as this new occupant of the White House may be, American leadership was vital to the defense and unity of Europe; so, as an aspiring leader of Europe, he should try to make friends.

There will also be one US naval aviator who will pilot a French Rafale fighter plane as part of the festivities.

Macron's invitation also shows the advantage of being a leader with a strong mandate.

In bringing Trump to Paris, Macron has stolen a march on Britain's embattled Prime Minister Theresa May. "We will keep France's word", Darmanin said.

The French President and his team regularly post messages in English on their social media accounts encouraging entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists to come to France, a subtle dig at the United Kingdom and U.S., which have rejected global agreements and pivoted toward more anti-trade, nationalist politics in the past year. "There's risk of a divide that we've not seen in recent history".

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