Trump lands in Paris for talks and tourism

The US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania have arrived in France ahead of Bastille Day celebrations.

The pair are guests of honour for the festivities which will commemorate the entry of US troops into World War One 100 years ago.

Just landed in Paris, France with FLOTUS Melania.

— Donald J. Trump (realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2017He’s due to hold talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. After a bumpy start to their relations, it’s thought both leaders are looking to improve ties by focusing on shared diplomatic and military endeavours, such as Syria and the fight against global terrorism. An Elysee official, however, said that Macron would not shy away from thornier issues such as climate change and trade. Trump has irked many European leaders with his rejection of the Paris accord and “America First” trade stance.

Trump and Macron will later dine with their wives at a restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.

This year’s July 14 celebrations come a year after a Tunisian man loyal to Islamic State ploughed a truck through a crowd of revellers on a seafront promenade in Nice, killing more than 80 people.

'No Trump Zone' Planned in Paris Ahead of President's #BastilleDay Visit— Common Dreams (@commondreams) July 12, 2017
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