Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Macron invites Trump to Bastille Day to honor US WWI troops

Macron invites Trump to Bastille Day to honor US WWI troops

The United States President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to attend the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris on July 14, the French presidency said on Wednesday.

Trump did not formally endorse a candidate in the French presidential election, but he had indicated his support for far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen, saying "she is the strongest on borders and she is the strongest on what's been going on in France". The two men last met in Brussels in May, a session noted by an extended handshake between them.

On July 14 a year ago, a radicalised Tunisian man killed 86 people as he rammed a truck through a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice.

This year, the event will mark "the 100th anniversary of the U.S. joining the war with French troops in World War I", an official in Macron's office said.

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Separately on July 14, Macron plans to travel to Nice to mark a more somber occasion - the truck attack that day in 2016 that killed 86 people and injured hundreds in the resort town in the south of France.

Spicer said the leaders will discuss cooperation on countering terrorism, as well as the economy and other issues.

However, Macron and Trump have key policy differences, including over Trump's decision to pull the USA from the Paris climate accords.

Trump will be in Germany for the G-20 Summit the week before.

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