Paris prepares for President Trump’s Bastille Day visit

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte and U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania attend a concert at the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017.Despite the fact that there are “questions” regarding the cooperation with the United States and the public image of Trump, Macron wants to maintain the strategic relations with the United States, because “it is a long-term interest for France, so we need to build it whether Trump is the president or not”. Yannick Jadot, a French Green politician, recently called Trump’s invitation to France “a symbolic reward unworthy of the US president who has given the finger to humanity”.Pundits have opined that the visit is likely to serve as a vacation and getaway for Trump, who in the past few weeks have endured a torrid time, owing to Russian Federation link.Macron will be under political pressure to be tough to Trump – just as he did when he held a combative news conference with Putin at Versailles last month when he hit out at alleged Russian interference in the French election.”People respect the fact that the USA came and rescued France twice”, he said.Trump accepted Macron’s invitation in May to visit France for Bastille Day, the country’s national holiday on July 14, and to commemorate the USA engagement alongside French troops during World War I. So yes, there is a disagreement, like I said to President Trump, and then I said it publicly, because there is nothing to hide.”I think Macron has made the legacy of the Paris agreement, and its implementation, a core part of his agenda”, said David Waskow, worldwide climate director at the World Resources Institute. “Some people are wondering whether Macron is offering too much to Trump and being too conciliatory by inviting him”. But in doing so, they’ll need to tackle the issue of Russia’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, something Trump has only passively acknowledged.The visit will gauge whether Trump and France’s new leader can find consensus on any of the critical issues on which they find themselves deeply at odds.Macron became France’s youngest president when he won a runoff against far-right opponent Marine Le Pen in April.Trump and Macron, who both entered office this year, appear to have little in common.Macron and Trump will meet on Thursday to discuss Syria and counter terrorism, according to the official who added: “We also anticipate the two presidents, in the introductory one-on-one meeting, will also share perspectives from the recent G20 meeting”. Merkel also suggested Europe needs to take on more responsibilities itself because it can no longer rely on the U.S.Lagalee thinks that Macron is smart to invite Trump to Paris, even if the US President is deeply unpopular in France.The new French leader wants to make clear that despite sharp differences over climate and trade, and global outlook, the alliance between France and the U.S. is vital for the good of the worldwide order.Still, there are many points of contention, including the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. “He’s realized Trump has become a pariah of global relations”, says Lagalee.