But now that it’s Trump, the French aren’t too keen to let him in for their celebrations.
This year the celebration is also meant to commemorate the centennial of U.S. entry into World War I, hence French President Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to Trump to attend.
French President Emmanuel Macron (l.) talks to US President Trump while attending the traditional military parade as part of the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. Mr Trump’s wife Melania is 47.
“Beautiful”, Trump said, turning to the first lady of France.
Protesters have been carrying banners with crossed-out names and portraits of the United States leader on them.
Trump said to Macron: “The friendship between our two nations – and ourselves, I might add – is unbreakable”. Even then, Mr Trump held on to Mr Macron as he shook hands with his wife, Brigitte.
Body language experts have spent hours pouring over footage of Donald Trump’s handshakes, and now they have a new one to analyse. Trump saluted the detachment as it passed.
As for Brigitte Macron, her reaction was caught on camera, along with the compliment. “America and France will never be defeated or divided”, he said.
French President Emmanuel Macron celebrated Bastille Day by finally breaking out… of Trump’s grip! The French president and his wife have a significant age difference as Brigette Macron was once the 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron’s high school teacher.
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.
He then turned to her husband, the French president who is within hearing distance and repeated the remark.
“Our attackers simply want to see us grieve, and you responded with your dignity”, Macron said during Friday’s observances in Nice, which included a low-key military parade and moving tributes by relatives of the dead.
The warm body language between him and Macron seemed at odds with broader concerns about the transatlantic relationship since Trump’s election victory in November a year ago.