Parades, protests, and presidents in Paris

Macron also added that he respected the desire of leaders and countries to preserve jobs and added that both he and Trump have agreed to continue the discussion on Paris Accord.

Of course, the issue of his son's meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya came up.

"Don is - as many of you know Don - he's a good boy".

Mr. Macron, who has clashed with Mr. Trump over the USA withdrawal from the Paris climate change accord, took the unusual step of justifying his invitation to the US president at the press conference. "And if it happens, that will be wonderful, and if it doesn't, that will be okay, too", said Trump, who has previously said he wants to renegotiate the agreement.

Magazine Paris Match as well as TV network France24 both noted criticism of the comments overseas, especially in the U.S. where Mr Trump's comments are scrutinised often for sexism.

"We've had Trump campaign officials, where we've had Trump admin officials all say they've had no contact, there's nothing to look at here until evidence comes out that there were meetings with Russians", said Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Sen.

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On Thursday, US First Lady Melania Trump toured Notre Dame cathedral with her French counterpart Brigitte Macron, and prayed before a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Trump had an awkward handshake when he met with Brigitte Macron.

Gesturing to Brigitte, Trump told Macron: 'She's in such good physical shape. Trump saluted as military personnel - some in World War I battledress - filed past with the Arc de Triomphe in the background. "President (Emmanuel) Macron's wife, Brigitte, is 25 years older than he is".

JOHN YANG: The two leaders said they discussed Syria and the fight against terrorism. "I mean, how many people are not going to take the meeting?" And I'm coming back.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I see him like a month ago.

Shortly after his speech, Mr Macron and his U.S. guest walked down from the platform where they were sitting to stand in front of giant French and American flags that were unfurled by soldiers.

  • Carlos Nash