Paris – Dinner up the Eiffel Tower, a military parade and a controversial moment with the French president’s wife: AFP looks at the key moments of Donald Trump’s trip to Paris.
– Detente – In talks Thursday at the presidential Elysee Palace followed by a joint news conference, Trump and his host Emmanuel Macron appeared to set differences aside, notably over the Paris climate accord. The body language was warm throughout the two-day visit, with the pair frequently seen clapping each other on the back or touching an elbow.
– ‘Dinner between friends’ – The men and their wives, Melania and Brigitte, enjoyed a glittering dinner up the Eiffel Tower prepared by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse — beef with truffle sauce and warm strawberry and yogurt sorbet. Macron had said beforehand that he was looking forward to a “dinner between friends”.
– Brigitte in ‘great shape’ – But there was one possible faux pas. “You know, you’re in such great shape…beautiful,” Trump told 64-year-old Brigitte Macron, who was sporting a short white Louis Vuitton dress and stiletto heels, during their visit to Napoleon’s tomb. A cellphone video posted on the presidential Facebook page and picked up by media around the world sparked a firestorm on social media, with critics saying Trump was alluding to her age — she is 25 years older than her husband.
– Champs-Elysee parade – Trump and Macron appeared relaxed and happy in each other’s company as they watched the traditional Bastille Day parade along Paris’s Champs-Elysees on Friday, frequently exchanging comments and grins. The parade, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I, was led by an American contingent in the uniforms of the “Sammies” — as US soldiers were nicknamed a century ago, after Uncle Sam.