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Friday 22 November 2019

Emmanuel Macron defends charm offensive in Paris on Donald Trump

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron
Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron

French president Emmanuel Macron says his glamorous Paris charm offensive on Donald Trump might have changed the US president's mind about climate change.

Mr Macron said "Trump listened to me" on their main point of contention - Mr Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement - and "said he would try to find a solution in the coming months."

Mr Macron defended his reaching out to Mr Trump, telling the Journal Du Dimanche newspaper: "Our countries are friends, so we should be too."

After a tense, white-knuckle handshake at their first meeting in May, Mr Macron said they gained "better, intimate knowledge of each other" during Trump's visit last week.

The French leader acknowledged Mr Trump's visit was carefully choreographed to give Americans a "stronger image of France" after deadly Islamic extremist attacks damaged tourism.


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