French president opens Bastille Day celebrations with Trump as guest

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:32 GMT, Jul 14, 2017 |

U.S. President Donald Trump was guest of honour at France’s annual Bastille Day commemorations in Paris on Friday (July 14).

The occasion, which also marked 100 years since the United States entered World War One, followed a day of talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, a tour of Paris for the two first ladies, and a dinner for the four at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.

Macron opened the parade on the Champs Elysees by standing in a military jeep surrounded by cavalry, repeating a scene from his inauguration two months ago and reinforcing the message that he heads an important military power.

The ceremonies brought to an end a visit Macron needed as a boost to France’s standing on the world stage, one which could also help a U.S. leader left short of international friends due to his stance on free trade and climate change.