Thursday, July 13, 2017

Parisians turn up their noses on Trump visit


At USA Today

President Donald Trump and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, are looking to set aside differences on trade and climate change and find common ground as they meet Thursday ahead of Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. Time.

Thursday, Macron will host dinner at the Jules Verne restaurant atop the Eiffel Tower with and creations by one of France's most celebrated chefs, Alain Ducasse. On Friday, Trump will watch the annual Bastille Day parade down the Champs-Elysées with all its pomp and circumstance.
Student Billoteau said she just hopes Trump behaves: "He doesn't seem to know what is correct sometime." 

Her view of Trump is widespread. A poll in May by Suffolk University found 82% of the French have an unfavorable view of him — even more negative that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

Still, the invitation was a brilliant move by Macron, said Eddy Fougier, a political scientist with the French Institute of International and Strategic Affairs in Paris.

More USA TODAY    by Jabeen Bhatti, E. Berton

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