Emmanuel Macron greets on Saturday morning in Paris a Donald Trump especially reassembled for an interview between two leaders with radically divergent views on international politics, before a meeting with symbolic significance with Angela Merkel in Rethondes, on the scene of the armistice of 1918.
The President of the United States is expected around 10:00 GMT in the courtyard of the Elysee where will welcome his French counterpart. The two men should say a few words to the press before closing in for a face-to-face exchange that could be stormy.
Indeed, despite the general framework of this interview – the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War – which should theoretically pose a polish of amenity on the meeting, Donald Trump attacked ball ahead Emmanuel Macron from his landing in France Friday night, in one of these pest tweets which he has the secret.
"President Macron has just suggested that Europe build its own army to protect itself against the United States, China and Russia," he wrote just as Air Force One was landing near Paris. "Very insulting but perhaps Europe should first pay its share to NATO that the United States subsidizes widely!", He added.
He apparently was referring to Tuesday's statements by Mr Macron, who called for the creation of a "real European army" to better protect the Old Continent. "We will not protect the Europeans if we do not decide to have a real European army," pleaded the French president. We must "protect ourselves against China, Russia and even the United States," he said, citing the US decision to withdraw from a nuclear disarmament treaty dating back to the 1980s. .
Much of Europe has been sheltering under the American shield since the post-war period, without paying a satisfactory price for Donald Trump.
Since his election, Emmanuel Macron constantly pleads for a European reinforcement of the Defense, France putting precisely forward the strategic uncertainty caused by the positions of Donald Trump.
– Many discrepancies –
More broadly, this projection illustrates the profound political disagreements between the two men, on the environment, Iran's nuclear power, trade relations, and in general, on the governance of world affairs, for which Mr. Macron defends multilateralism, hated by Mr. Trump.
Macron on Sunday organized a major international forum on global governance that, schematically, will serve as a forum for multilateralism, and therefore, hollow, to say bad things about US foreign policy Mr. Trump.
The latter will be absent from this forum, preferring to go to the American cemetery in Suresnes, near Paris.
After the meeting, the first American lady Melania Trump will arrive around 11:00 GMT and the two presidential couples will lunch together at the Elysee Palace before parting for the afternoon.
The American president is expected to travel to the north of France at the Bois Belleau American cemetery, while Mr. Macron will take the road to a clearing near Compiegne, north of Paris, to find Chancellor Angela Merkel for a ceremony very symbolic.
It is here that November 11, 1918 was signed in a wagon restaurant armistice sealing the end of the First World War, which caused 18 million deaths.
The Elysee Palace notes that "this is the first time since 1945" that the French president and the head of the German government meet in the clearing of the Armistice.
– "Value of Reconciliation" –
"The ceremony will be sober and without speech. They will lay a wreath and unveil a new plaque at the foot of the monument at the foot of the + sacred Dalle +, in the middle of the clearing, which reads + Here on November 11, 1918 succumbed the criminal pride of the German empire defeated by the free peoples he claimed enslaved + ", we added the same source.
The new inscription will be much less martial: "On the occasion of the centenary of the armistice of November 11, 1918, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and Mrs. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany , reaffirmed here the value of Franco-German reconciliation in the service of Europe and peace ", we learned from a source close to the organization of the ceremony.
In the evening, the Macron, Trump, Merkel, and several other dignitaries will gather at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, for a visit to the exhibition dedicated to Picasso and a formal dinner on site, before the grand ceremony on Sunday morning under the Arc de Triomphe in the presence of several dozen heads of state and government, culmination of the commemorations.