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Donald Trump accepts Macron’s invitation to visit Paris for Bastille Day

he two men last met in Brussels in May, a session noted by an extended handshake between them.

world Updated: Jun 28, 2017 22:00 IST
File photo of US President Donald Trump (L) shaking hands with French President Emmanuel Macron.
File photo of US President Donald Trump (L) shaking hands with French President Emmanuel Macron.(AP File)

US President Donald Trump has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to attend Bastille Day ceremonies in Paris on July 14, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.

The two leaders spoke on Tuesday and Macron issued the invitation.

The two men last met in Brussels in May, a session noted by an extended handshake between them.

Macron’s office on Tuesday said it had invited Trump on two occasions to attend the celebrations next month during which the US military will take part to mark 100 years since it joined World War 1.

The July 14 festivities see thousands of men and women from France’s army, navy and air force march down the Champs Elysees avenue in the French capital in the oldest and largest military parade in Western Europe.

It commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison by angry crowds in 1789, helping kick off the French Revolution. The Bastille prison, where opponents of the monarchy were kept, was targeted for symbolizing royal rule.