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From dandruff to French art: The story of Macron’s US state visit so far

French President Emmanuel Macron enters the last day of his US state visit on Wednesday. So far the trip has involved a glitzy dinner, French art and hard talks about Iran. Here's what you need to know.

From dandruff to French art: The story of Macron's US state visit so far
US President Donald Trump (R) clears dandruff off French President Emmanuel Macron's jacket in the Oval Office. Photo: AFP
Dandruff-gate
 
President Donald Trump on Tuesday made a show of flicking dandruff from the suit collar of Macron, saying it was a sign of the two leaders' “very special relationship.”
   
Trump made the surprise gesture as Macron, the first foreign leader to be honored with a state visit in Washington since Trump took office 15 months ago, stood at his side for a photo opportunity in the White House's Oval Office.
   
“We have a very special relationship, in fact I'll get that little piece of dandruff off… We have to make him perfect, he is perfect,” Trump said to a laughing Macron.
 
Iran deal 
 
The US President pilloried the Iran nuclear deal as “insane” Tuesday and threatened “problems” if Tehran restarts controversial programs, exposing a deep rift with European allies. 
   
Hosting French President Emmanuel Macron in the Oval Office, Trump punctured a carefully choreographed display of trans-Atlantic camaraderie with an angry tirade against the three-year old nuclear accord.
   
The US leader groused that the agreement — inked by the United States, Iran, Europe, Russia and China — does nothing to tackle Tehran's ballistic missiles program or support for militant groups across the Middle East.
   
“People know my views on the Iran deal. It was a terrible deal. It should have never ever been made,” Trump railed. “It's insane. It's ridiculous.”
   
The agreement, still backed by Europe, gave Iran massive sanctions relief and the guarantee of a civilian nuclear program in return for curbs on programs that could be used to develop a nuke.
 
Photo: AFP   
 
Brigitte and Melania
 
Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron split off from their husbands on Tuesday after a colorful welcoming ceremony at the White House to visit a Paul Cezanne exhibit at the National Gallery of Art.
   
The American and French first ladies spent about half an hour visiting the show of 59 portraits by the 19th century French painter, the first ever dedicated to this aspect of his work.
   
Trump and Macron, both dressed in white, were accompanied on the tour by Mary Morton, who co-curated the exhibit and heads the museum's department of French paintings. The US first lady was wearing a wide-brimmed white hat.
 
 
“Paul Cezanne's work is a celebration,” Melania Trump said in a statement released by the White House. “It was perfect timing to have these exquisite 
paintings in Washington while Mrs Macron was in town.” 
   
Macron and Trump chatted together and with Morton and Frank Kelly, senior curator of American and British painting, as they toured the museum.
  
Besides the Cezanne exhibit, the White House said they viewed paintings by 19th century American artist Mary Cassatt and the “Ginevra de' Benci,” the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas.
  
“Everyone understands the language of art,” Melania Trump said. “The historically famous and beautiful works that currently live in the National Gallery of Art are breathtaking.” 
  
Asked by a journalist if she was enjoying her visit to Washington, Brigitte Macron replied in English: “Very nice, thank you.”

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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.
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