- Title: Paris prepares for President Trump's Bastille Day visit
- Date: 12th July 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JULY 12, 2017) (REUTERS) FLAGS ON CHAMPS ELYSEES VARIOUS OF PEOPLE SETTING UP STRUCTURE FOR CAMERAS ON BASTILLE DAY (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY COMPANY WORKER FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CHASE ROBERTS, SAYING: "I would say in the interest of gaining influence, I see the value and, you know, playing to Trump's ego. Am I a fan of Trump, absolutely not." PEOPLE WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN SCHOOL TEACHER FROM COLORADO, INGRID LEVANDOWSKI, SAYING: "So far, I have not seen that actually, no, I have not seen anyone that's actually upset. I know Germany was having a riot at one point in time in Hamburg, but I have not seen anything here, but he (Donald Trump) still has not arrived yet so we will see."
- 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: LVA0066PEWO5J
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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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