Macron to Entertain Trump in Style in the Eiffel Tower
Donald Trump will arrive in Paris on Thursday. The same evening, the French president Emmanuel Macron will treat the American president to dinner at the luxurious restaurant on the second story of the Eiffel Tower.
Some speculate that Macron may intend to sway Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.
Trump arrives the day before he is to be the honored guest at the annual Bastille Day parade along the Champs-Elysées on July 14th. The restaurant that Macron will take the US president to provides possibly the most scenic look down at the city of Paris.
Paris Match magazine reported that the international counterparts would eat dinner at Jules Verne restaurant, which Alain Ducasse, a highly regarded French chef, helms. The restaurant will close to all other diners.
With 430 wines in its extensive cellars and a £230 a pop six-course tasting menu, the Jules Verne offers "a step out of time and space". The presidents will taste blue lobster and fine caviar with their respective partners, trusted colleagues, and other esteemed guests.
Some critics condemned Macron's choice to welcome Trump to Paris. Others expressed shock, expecting that between Trump's withdrawal from the Paris agreement and their famously unfriendly handshake, relations between the two were chilly.
To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the United States entering World War I, US soldiers will join French troops in marching at the Bastille Day parade.
According to French government representative Christophe Castaner, Trump's invitation came to honor the United States for its part in working with and liberating France during the two world wars.
Castaner added that the French president wants to keep Trump "in the circle" of international politics, despite their disagreements.
"Emmanuel Macron wants to try to prevent the president of the United States being isolated. He (Trump) sometimes makes decisions that we disagree on, climate change for example," the French spokesperson said.
Macron may need to make a larger gesture to maintain the US's relationship with foreign powers, considering the opposition of many of other countries to Trump in the recent G20 summit.
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