Trump accepts Macron’s invitation to attend July 14th celebrations in Paris

US president Donald Trump will be celebrating France's national Day on July 14th by watching the annual parade on the Champs Elysées after accepting the French president's invitation.

Trump accepts Macron's invitation to attend July 14th celebrations in Paris
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US president Donald Trump has accepted French president Emmanuel Macron's invitation to visit France for the Bastille Day parade. 
Macron, who has made clear his differences with Trump notably on climate change, had invited Trump and his wife Melania to attend the July 14th  parade in Paris on Tuesday.
This year, the event will mark “the 100th anniversary of the US joining the war with French troops in World War I,” an official in Macron's office said.
Trump will attend the traditional military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue, where US soldiers will march alongside French troops to commemorate the centenary of America entering World War I, Macron's office said.
On July 14 last year, a radicalised Tunisian man killed 86 people as he rammed a truck through a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice.
A Trump trip to Paris will follow a visit to France by Vladimir Putin in May when Macron hosted the Russian leader at Versailles palace.
Relations between Trump and Macron have been somewhat fraught.
The 39-year-old Macron made his mark on the international stage when he gave Trump a white-knuckle handshake at a NATO summit on May 25.
He later mocked Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat climate change.
Macron's English-language appeal to “make our planet great again” — a riff on Trump's own slogan of making America great again — became a social media hit.

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Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.

It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.

Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.

Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.