Macron offers Trump food for his ego

Simon Heffer, the renowned political commentator and historian, turns his gaze to French politics

It has been easy to forget, in recent decades when France has been somewhat estranged from America, that it was the United States’ first ally. Eager to cause trouble for Britain, it offered military support to the US in 1778, just two years after the Declaration of Independence.

Now, 239 years later, the relationship flourishes, with two heads of state new to their roles – Presidents Macron and Trump – providing new impetus to America’s oldest alliance. The circumstances of this coupling are remarkable. Mr Trump is a pariah in liberal circles such as those populated by M Macron and his followers; yet M Macron asked him to share Bastille Day with him, and his first Quatorze Juillet in office at that.

It gave an opportunity to M Macron’s opponents, and some of his erstwhile supporters, to criticise him. But it also provided M Macron with an ...

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