President Emmanuel Macron extended the invitation in a phone call Tuesday with Trump.
The French will mark Bastille Day with a traditional military parade in Paris that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I. The U.S. Congress voted to declare war on Germany in April of 1917, joining a fight that had been going on for nearly three years.
The occasion will also be used to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the USA entry into World War I, Macron’s office said. At their first meeting, before a NATO gathering, Mr. Trump and Mr. Macron spoke over lunch about Article 5, the clause in the NATO treaty stipulating that alliance members will come to each other’s defense.
The national French holiday celebrates the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. He has been criticized by European leaders as well over his remarks.
The invitation from France’s new 39-year-old president comes despite his public disagreement with Trump on climate change.
Macron launched a website with the objective of combatting climate change. On Tuesday, The Pentagon confirmed there was activity at a Syrian airbase known to be associated with chemical weapons.
The French foreign ministry has not revealed if it has similar intelligence on a further chemical attack being prepared.
Days after that strike on a rebel-held town, the United States launched a cruise missile strike on an airfield used by the Syrian regime. “I can assure you, France will not give up the fight”.
The surprise trip will take place less than a week after Trump, Macron and other world leaders gather July 7-8 for a G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.