Trump visit and Jupiter returns to human life

Editorialistes (opinion writers) hold a major role in the French press. Here, in a new regular column French journalist Paul de Villepin examines recent ‘hot topics’ which have featured in the columns of the country’s media

July was dominated by the French national holiday, which is inaccurately known as ‘Bastille Day’ in English. Contrary to popular belief, 14 juillet commemorates the ‘Fête de la Fédération’ – which took place a year after ‘Bastille Day’. 

This 14 juillet, Emmanuel Macron invited US President Donald Trump to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first US soldiers arriving in France to join Allied forces in World War I.

Despite Mr Trump’s unpopularity in France, writers unanimously praised Mr Macron’s diplomatic move, in which he has positioned himself as the United States’ main interlocutor in Europe.

This unexpected visit seems to have paved the way for a better relationship than could have been predicted following the death-grip handshake the two presidents ...

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