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POSTED | 16:22 PM | 14-07-2017

Macron, Trump mark Bastille Day


French President Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump marked France’s national day together on Friday (July 14, 2017) at a military parade which clearly delighted the US president and showcased warming relations between the two leaders.


But the day was tinged with mourning, coming a year on from a jihadist massacre that claimed 86 lives in the southern city of Nice, where Macron headed after the Paris parade, AFP reported.


Trump was Macron’s guest of honour at the Bastille Day celebration in the French capital as this year marked the centenary of the United States entering World War I.


The parade featured French and American troops marching down the fabled Champs-Elysees and the traditional flypast of French jets, this year followed by the US aerobatic team along with two F-22 stealth fighters.


US troops dressed in the brown uniform and gaiters of the Great War were among the 3,720 soldiers in the parade.


“Nothing will ever separate us,” the 39-year-old Macron said from the reviewing stand, adding that Trump’s presence by his side was “the sign of a friendship across the ages” between their countries.


“Today our two countries stand taller -- and more united -- than ever,” Trump, 71, said in a statement issued by the White House after his departure, which featured another muscular handshake between the men lasting a full 25 seconds.


Macron then flew to Nice, where a year ago, a Tunisian extremist rammed a 19-tonne truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day along the famous Promenade des Anglais hugging the Mediterranean.








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