Trump is guest of honor at Bastille Day celebrations

Saturday, 15 Jul, 2017

"This is a wonderful national celebration", said Trump during a joint news conference with Macron Thursday, adding, "we look very much forward to it. Spectacular".

Before the Trumps set off for the US Trump and Macron gripped each other's hands and chatted, before Trump pulled the French President's wife in for a freaky three-person handshake.

The US president returned the compliment, tweeting that it was a "great honour" to attend the "magnificent" parade.

Mr Trump was the guest of honour for the celebration in Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the USA entry into the First World War.

Macron also said that the USA and France are firm friends and "this is why nothing will ever separate us".

The two leaders, accompanied by the two first ladies plus ministers and officials watched a military parade on Friday in Paris which took place on the Champs Elysees from the Place de la Concorde.

"Relationship with France stronger than ever", Trump wrote on his Twitter account.

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The 47-year-old practising Catholic, chic in a red Dior outfit with her hair pulled up in a chignon, was in Paris at the start of a Bastille Day visit by the United States first couple.

Trump has said the Paris accord is soft on leading polluters like China and India, putting US industry at risk.

"Macron was especially adept at sidestepping questions about United States political controversies, which Trump clearly appreciated". They then engaged in an interminable hand clasp before Mr Trump was whisked away in his motorcade.

Since taking over the Oval Office, the president has had some weird physical interactions with world leaders and their wives during state visits and numerous global forums.

Macron later called that handshake a "moment of truth" to show he's not a pushover.

That began a century of US cooperation and involvement in European affairs, a policy many in Europe fear President Trump is retreating from.

Both leaders, accompanied by first ladies Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron, enjoyed a lavish dinner at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower on Thursday evening.