On Saturday morning in Paris, Emmanuel Macron greeted Donald Trump for an interview between two leaders with radically divergent points of view on international politics, before a meeting with symbolic significance with Angela Merkel in Rethondes, on the scene of armistice of 1918.
The President of the United States is expected around 10:00 GMT in the courtyard of Eliseo where he will welcome his French counterpart. The two men should say a few words to the press before concluding for a face-to-face exchange that could be stormy.
In fact, despite the general framework of this interview – the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War – which should theoretically put a polishing of amenities in the meeting, Donald Trump attacked ball ahead of Emmanuel Macron from his landing in France Friday night, in one of these pest pies that has the secret.
"President Macron has just suggested that Europe build its own army to protect itself from the United States, China and Russia," he wrote while the Air Force One was landing near Paris. "Very offensive, but perhaps Europe should first pay its share to NATO that the US subsidizes extensively!", He added.
Apparently he was referring to Macron's statements on Tuesday calling for the creation of a "real European army" to better protect the old continent. "We will not protect Europeans if we do not decide to have a real European army," the French president pleaded. We must "protect ourselves against China, Russia and even the United States," he said, citing the US decision to withdraw from a treaty on nuclear disarmament dating back to the 1980s. .
Much of Europe has been protected by the American post-war shield, without paying a satisfactory price for Donald Trump.
After his election, Emmanuel Macron is constantly calling for a European strengthening of Defense, France, putting forward the strategic uncertainty caused by the positions of Donald Trump.
– Many discrepancies –
More generally, this projection illustrates the profound political disagreements between the two men, the environment, Iran's nuclear power, trade relations and, in general, the governance of world affairs, for which Macron defends multilateralism. , hated by Mr. Trump.
Macron on Sunday has organized a major international forum on global governance that, schematically, will act as a forum for multilateralism and, therefore, empty, to say bad things about American foreign policy, Mr. Trump.
This last one will be absent from this forum, preferring to go to the American cemetery of Suresnes, near Paris.
After the meeting, the first American woman Melanie Trump will arrive around 11:00 GMT and the two presidential couples will have lunch together at Eliseo Palace before separating for the afternoon.
The American president should go to the north of France to the American cemetery of Bois Belleau, while Mr. Macron will take the road to a clearing near Compiegne, north of Paris, to find Chancellor Angela Merkel for a very symbolic ceremony.
It is here that on 11 November 1918 an armistice was signed of a wagon restaurant that sealed the end of the First World War, causing 18 million deaths.
The Elysee Palace notes that "this is the first time since 1945" that the French president and the head of the German government meet in the Armistice clearing.
– "Value of reconciliation" –
"The ceremony will be sober and without words, they will place a crown and unveil a new plaque at the foot of the monument at the feet of the sacred + Dalle +, in the middle of the clearing, which reads Here. On 11 November 1918 succumbs to the statue. criminal pride of the German Empire defeated by the free peoples enslaved + enslaved, "we added the same source.
The new inscription will be much less martial: "On the occasion of the centenary of the armistice of 11 November 1918, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and Ms. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, here reaffirmed the value of Franco-German reconciliation in the service of Europe and peace ", we learned from a source close to the organization of the ceremony.
In the evening, Macron, Trump, Merkel and many other dignitaries will gather at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, for a visit to the exhibition dedicated to Picasso and a formal dinner on site, before the great ceremony on Sunday morning under the ; Arc de Triomphe in the presence of several dozen heads of state and government, culmination of commemorations.