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The eight places in Paris Donald Trump should really visit

The US president might already have a packed agenda during his trip to Paris but these are eight places we think he shouldn't miss. Starting with a trip to a "no-go zone" to meet his famous look-alike.

The eight places in Paris Donald Trump should really visit
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Donald Trump's Paris trip is upon us and if the promised blue lobster dinner in the plush Eiffel Tower restaurant is anything to go by, the red carpet is certainly being rolled out for the US president's visit.
 
But here at The Local, we have our own suggestions of hotspots for the President to visit once he's witnessed the military pomp of the July 14th parade.
 
A Paris 'No-Go Zone' – to visit the POTUS Poubelle
 
 
 
 
But Trump's main reason to visit Belleville would be to check out his now world famous look-alike – the “Trump trash can” or “The Donald bin” or even the “POTUS Poubelle” captured in this photo below.
 
(The Local takes no responsibility if the bin is no longer there.)
 
 
American Dream diner
 
We've heard rumours that Trump likes his steak two ways: well done and with ketchup. But even as the US president, he might find French chefs and purveyors of haute cuisine unwilling to serve up meat US-style. 
 
So we suggest Trump pays a visit to one of the many American diners in Paris where they're likely to be more receptive to his culinary tastes. Perhaps the “American Dream” diner which claims to be the “best American cuisine in Paris” would be a better option for Thursday night's dinner than the Eiffel Tower's Jules Verne. They do have ketchup.
 
 
(Photo: Sylvain LeProvost/Flickr)

 
The Wall of love
 
Trump has made his love of walls clear.
 
And now he's in Paris this passion can flourish at the wall of love (Le Mur des Je T'aime) in Montmartre. The bonus about this one is that it's already built so there's no need for debate about who should pay for it.
 
Located in a picturesque and typically Parisian garden in Abbesses in Paris' 18th arrondissement, the wall of love is covered with 311 written declarations of love in 250 languages, including Spanish and English for that matter.
 
 
Photo: AFP
 
The mini Statue of Liberty
 
If Trump feels passionately about anything, it's the US of A. And what better way to blast away any feelings of homesickness during his 24 hours in Paris than with a quick trip to the (other) statue of liberty. 
 
Situated on the Pont de Grenelle in Paris' upmarket 15th arrondissement, the replica of the larger model in New York was given to Paris by the Parisian community in the US to mark the centenary of the French Revolution. 
 
It might not be the original, but it should keep Trump going before he can get home to see her big sister. 
 
 
The hall of mirrors at Versailles

 
Donald Trump is a fan of the bling, what with his golden hotel in Las Vegas, and the reportedly golden interiors in his Manhattan penthouse and Florida mansion. 
 
And so it makes sense that president with the Midas touch, and a generous amount of self…erm confidence, should visit one of the most beautiful rooms in one of the finest palaces in the world – the hall of mirrors at Versailles.
 
Photo: AFP
 
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral
 
Donald Trump seems to have a lot to thank the Russians for, so a trip to the recently opened Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Paris would be a good chance for the US president to pay his respects.
 
Or he could pop into the confessional box to get something off his chest.
 
Trump would be following in the footsteps of Russian president Vladimir Putin who made a visit to the cathedral during his recent trip to Paris. Although granted it might not be such a good move right now.
 

Photo: AFP
 
The Moulin Rouge 
 
Now that the president is dealing with the more serious matter of running the US, we're sure a part of him must be missing the days when he was co-owner of the Miss Universe beauty pageant. 
 
Luckily, the Moulin Rouge in Paris – known for the raucous can-can dance with its famously titillating costumes – should make Trump feel right at home in the French capital. But he should note, grabbing dancers (anywhere) will lead to him being thrown out.
 
Photo: AFP
 
Golf National
 
After so much culture, the US president will probably be in much need of some downtime. 
 
And as the world knows Trump's favourite way to relax is golf. Luckily, there are some great golf courses around Paris like Golf National, and even if he doesn't own this one, perhaps he can take comfort in the fact that it will be soon be hosting some of the best players in the world during the Ryder Cup in 2018. 
 
Photo: AFP
 
 

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‘I like the way they look’: Teetotaler Trump prefers US wine to French

Wine connoisseurs talk about needing "a nose" to assess the quality of a vintage. President Donald Trump just uses his eyes.

'I like the way they look': Teetotaler Trump prefers US wine to French
US President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the Oval Office July 26th. Photo: AFP

A famous teetotaler, Trump raised eyebrows Friday with his insistence that he likes US wine more than the French version. How could he know?

“I've always said American wine is better than French wine!” the president tweeted, while warning that he may raise import tariffs on France's iconic drink due to a dispute over French taxes targeting US tech companies.

Later in the Oval Office, he explained his technique.

“I don't drink wine. I just like the way they look.”

Trump vowed “substantial” retaliation against France for a tax targeting US tech giants, threatening to slap tariffs on French wine and bemoaning President Emmanuel Macron's “foolishness.”

“France just put a digital tax on our great American technology companies,” Trump tweeted about the law, which targets US giants like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

“We will announce a substantial reciprocal action on Macron's foolishness shortly,” he said.

Later, he confirmed earlier hints that wine may be the target.

“Might be on wine or something else,” he told reporters.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire indicated that Paris was not backing down on its tech taxes.

“Universal taxation of digital activities is a challenge for us all. We want to reach an agreement within the G7 and the OECD. In the meantime, France will implement its national decisions,” Le Maire said.

Trump has generally got along well with Macron, avoiding some of the more stormy episodes marring traditionally stable relations with other close US allies in Europe and Asia.

But his drive to correct what he sees as unfair trade practices by allies and rivals alike has stirred unprecedented discord.

And this is not the first time that he has mused about taking aim at France's renowned wine industry.

In June, he told CNBC television that domestic wine makers had complained to him about the difficulties of entering the European market.

“You know what? It's not fair. We'll do something about it,” he said.

The current row, however, is linked to a law passed by the French parliament this month on taxing digital companies for income even if their headquarters are elsewhere. This would aim directly at US-based global giants like Amazon.

Britain has announced plans for a similar tax.

Deputy White House spokesman Judd Deere noted that France's digital services tax was already the subject of an investigation at the US Trade Representative's office, potentially opening the door to economic sanctions.

Washington is “extremely disappointed by France's decision to adopt a digital services tax at the expense of US companies and workers,” Deere said.

“The Trump administration has consistently stated that it will not sit idly by and tolerate discrimination against US-based firms,” he said in a statement.
“The administration is looking closely at all other policy tools.”

Wine from the likes of California does face higher barriers than European imports in the other direction.

Depending on the type and alcohol content, imported wine faces US duties of 5.3 cents to 12.7 cents (5 to 12 euro centimes) a bottle, according to the US International Trade Commission. Sparkling wines are taxed a higher rate of about 14.9 cents a bottle.

US wines shipped to the European Union face duties of 11 to 29 cents a bottle, according to the Wine Institute, a trade body promoting US exports.

According to France's Federation for Wine and Spirit Exporters, a bottle of American white wine with an alcohol volume of 13 percent will be subjected to an 11-cent tax, while an equivalent bottle of European wine would pay about half that to enter the US.

The EU is the biggest importer of US wines. However, American wine exports are dwarfed in volume by the far bigger output from France, Italy and Spain.
 

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