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Trump accepts Macron invite to attend Bastille Day parade

President Donald Trump will travel to France next month to attend the Bastille Day celebration in Paris and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, the White House said Wednesday.Macron’s office on Tuesday said it had invited Trump on two occasions to attend the celebrations next month during which the USA military will take part to mark 100 years since it joined World War 1.The two leaders also discussed the need for a common response in case of a chemical attack in Syria.”The two leaders will further build on the strong counter-terrorism cooperation and economic partnership between the two countries”, the White House said in a statement.Trump went out of his way to say he represented “Pittsburgh, not Paris” when justifying pulling out of the Paris climate accord, even though the mayor of Pittsburgh said he supports the accord to limit carbon emissions.Macron’s English-language appeal to “make our planet great again” – a riff on Trump’s own slogan of making America great again – became a social media hit.Macron, who has made clear his differences with Trump notably on climate change, invited Trump and his wife Melania to attend the July 14 parade in Paris on Tuesday.The two men last met in Brussels in May, a session noted by an extended handshake between them.This year s Bastille Day parade comes 100 years after U.S. troops landed in western France to help the Allied Powers to victory over Germany and its allies in World War I.Macron will hope the invitation does not meet with the opposition that the prospect of Trump visiting Britain has faced.