Macron pens poem for British girl who loves the Eiffel Tower

French President Emmanuel Macron will no doubt have put a smile on the face of one British teen with his response to her poem about the Eiffel Tower...also written in verse.

Macron pens poem for British girl who loves the Eiffel Tower
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A British girl who wrote a poem inspired by one of the French capital's most iconic monuments was no doubt surprised when she received a response from the French president himself.
On a family trip to Paris in April, Sophie, then aged 12, wrote a poem after seeing the Dame de Fer (Iron Lady) and sent it to the Elysée Palace. 
At the time it was home to former French President François Hollande.
Her poem, written over a drawing of the tower, included lines like:
“She has four beautiful legs, which help her stand proud/ She looks over everyone with her head in the clouds.”
But what young Sophie could never have imagined was that Macron sent his own poem in response to the British teen on Wednesday — the day of her 13th birthday. 
The British embassy in France was tasked with delivering the message, publishing Sophie's poem alongside Macron's response on its Twitter account.   
Macron flexed his literary muscle in his poem, which was written in English, and includes a line in the voice of the Eiffel Tower:
“So few poets these days sing the praises of my Parisian soul, as did Cocteau, Aragon, Cendrars, Trenet and Apollinaire.”
Macron's move comes at a time of cool relations between the UK and France after Macron made it clear in October that he believes Britain is “still far from meeting its financial obligations to the European Union”.
But while he might not be putting a smile on the face of Theresa May, he's at least got one British fan. 

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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.