Gilt and guns: Macron wants to be Europe’s go-to for Trump

French centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, center left, poses with a family during in a fuel stop on the freeway as he drives back to Paris after voting in the first round of the French presidential election, in le Touquet, northern France, Sunday April 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

 

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is positioning himself as the indispensable intermediary between Europe and Donald Trump.

Macron made a point of detailing both the long history of ties between France and America and the areas where he and Trump disagree as he hosted the U.S. president for a Bastille Day visit.

But Macron made clear it was in the spirit of bluntness between friends, even offering a conspiratorial wink during a press conference featuring the two men.

Trump’s trip has included a gilded tour of one of France’s most storied monuments and dinner at the Eiffel Tower. He’ll be the guest of honor at Friday’s Bastille Day military parade.

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