INTERNATIONAL – The atmosphere seems much less cordial than the previous visit of the American leader to Paris. Emmanuel Macron welcomes this Saturday, November 10th in the morning a Donald Trump specifically recomposed for an interview between two leaders with radically divergent points of view on international politics, before a meeting with symbolic meaning with Angela Merkel in Rethondes, on the scene of 39, armistice of 1918.
The President of the United States is expected around 11:00 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.
It seems that he was referring to the statements Tuesday Emmanuel Macron, who called 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.
More generally, this projection illustrates the profound political disagreements between the two men, the environment, Iran's nuclear energy, trade relations and, in general, the governance of world affairs, for the which Emmanuel Macron defends multilateralism, hated by his American counterpart.
Emmanuel Macron also organized an important international forum on global governance on Sunday, which, schematically, will serve as a forum for multilateralism, and thus, empty, to say bad things about US foreign policy Donald Trump. This last one will be absent from this forum, preferring to go to the American cemetery of Suresnes, near Paris.
After Saturday's meeting, the first American woman Melania Trump will arrive around noon and the two presidential couples will have lunch together at Elysee Palace before separating for the afternoon. The American president should go to the north of France to the American cemetery of Bois Belleau, while Emmanuel Macron will take the road to a clearing near Compiegne, north of Paris, to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel for a very special ceremony. symbolic.
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.
"The ceremony will be sober and speechless, will lay a wreath and unveil a new plaque at the foot of the monument at the foot of the Holy Lastra, in the middle of the clearing, which reads" Here on 11 November 1918 succumbed to criminal pride of the German Empire conquered by the free peoples who claimed to enslave, "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, he reaffirmed here the value of Franco-German reconciliation at 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.
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