- Title: Paris prepares for President Trump's Bastille Day visit
- Date: 12th July 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JULY 12, 2017) (REUTERS) CHAMPS ELYSEES AVENUE DECORATED WITH FRENCH FLAGS TRAFFIC ON AVENUE ROWS OF CHAIRS SET UP ON AVENUE'S PAVEMENT FOR BASTILLE DAY PARADE CHAIRS CHAIRS AND FLAGS PEOPLE WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH MP FOR MACRON'S "THE REPUBLIC ON THE MOVE" PARTY REPRESENTING DEPARTMENT OF AUBE, GERARD MENUEL, SAYING: "I think that Trump (U.S. President Donald Trump) is above all the president of United States, (inaudible) America, which has done a lot to save France from Germany's Nazism during the Second (World) War. So, thanks to them we refound a free nation and so I think it's normal and it's good that the president of the United States - whether he be called Trump, Obama, or another name - can come here to the Champs Elysees on July 14, the day of the French Revolution." (SOUNDBITE) (French) RETIRED ELECTRICIAN, SERGE RIDEL, SAYING: "Well, it's complicated to say but it's more of a good thing for the relations between France and the United States. For my part, I don't know, I'm not convinced by the validity of this meeting."
- Embargoed: 26th July 2017 15:38
- Keywords: Paris Trump Macron president Bastille day celebrations preparations
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE / HAMBURG, GERMANY / BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: PARIS, FRANCE / HAMBURG, GERMANY / BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: France
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026PEWO5J
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- Story Text: Paris prepared for its yearly July 14 Bastille Day celebrations on Wednesday (July 12), as locals and U.S. citizens reflected on U.S. President Donald Trump's attendance this year, on invitation of his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.
President Trump is set to arrive in Paris early Thursday morning (July 13), to commemorate the U.S. entry into World War One 100 years ago in a ceremony laden with pageantry and military pomp. U.S. soldiers will march down the Champs Elysees boulevard beside French servicemen.
U.S. and French officials have said Trump's visit to Paris will allow the leaders to focus on those places where their interests overlap, including resolving the conflict in Syria and combating global terrorism.
However, both political newcomers, who scored upset victories in their presidential elections, have taken very different positions in many areas such as climate change and trade.
Various passers-by on the Champs Elysees Avenue told Reuters TV they thought the visit was a good idea in terms of strengthening Franco-American relations.
Bastille Day commemorates the storming by crowds on July 14, 1789 of the prison where the monarchy's opponents were held, during the start of the French Revolution.
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