Every year on July 14, France celebrates its Bastille Day. It is the marking of the beginning of a revolution that led to a republican democracy for the country. The celebration focuses on “liberty, equality, and fraternity”.
During their celebration this year, France decided to give a high honor to President Trump and U.S. military. French President Emmanuel Macron invited President Trump and First Lady Melania as the guests of honor for this occasion.
This year, France wanted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. They celebrated Friday with a parade including 241 horses, 63 airplanes, and 29 helicopters all along the Champs-Elysees.
President Macron made a speech at the end, thanking President Trump and showing honor to U.S. military. He said, “And that is why I wish to thank them, thank the United States for the choice it made 100 years ago.”
He also said that President Trump at his side “is a sign of a friendship across the ages”. President Macron also noted that the friendship between the U.S. and France is strong and that “nothing will ever separate us”.
While the honor in and of itself is noteworthy, perhaps the most interesting thing about this invitation and honor is the fact President Emmanuel Macron was coined as the “anti-Trump” candidate. His liberal views and emphasis on science and the environment caused the media to assume the two would be against each other. In reality, a high honor and friendship seems to have been formed.
Even in the midst of their differences, the two presidents were able to shake hands, recognize each other’s strengths, and celebrate the countries together. One tourist that was in Paris for the celebration, Angie Dragt, said, “Everyone is so busy fighting, there is so much negativity, when what we should be doing is what Donald Trump and the French President are doing; laying everything down, being friends, being kind and celebrating the bonds that unite us.”
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