Trump joins Bastille Day celebrations in Paris

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The US President and his wife, Melania, sat on the Champs-Elysees in the French capital for Friday’s military display.

French President Emmanuel Macron had invited Mr Trump to join him for his first Bastille Day celebration since being elected in May – viewed as a sign the youthful leader is trying to position himself as the bridge between Europe and America.

As horses, troops, helicopters and planes paraded down the famous Paris boulevard, more than 130,000 security and emergency service workers were deployed to protect crowds.

  1. US troops parade during the annual Bastille Day military paradeUS troops parade during the annual Bastille Day military parade
    US troops open this year’s Bastille Day parade in Paris
  2. Soldiers dressed as World War I Sammies carry the US flag as they lead US troops marching during the annual Bastille Day paradeSoldiers dressed as World War I Sammies carry the US flag as they lead US troops marching during the annual Bastille Day parade
    The event also marks 100 years since the US joined the First World War
  3. Tanks at the Bastille Day paradeTanks at the Bastille Day parade
    Tanks proceed down the Champs-Elysees
  4. Pioneers of the French Foreign Legion march during the annual Bastille Day military parade Pioneers of the French Foreign Legion march during the annual Bastille Day military parade
    The French Foreign Legion marches along the famous Paris boulevard
  5. Crowds watch the Bastille Day paradeCrowds watch the Bastille Day parade
    The annual event is Emmanuel Macron’s first as French president
  6. Emmanuel Macron at the Bastille Day paradeEmmanuel Macron at the Bastille Day parade
    The French President waves to the crowds from an open-top vehicle
  7. Melania Trump, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte MacronMelania Trump, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron
    (From left) Melania Trump, Donald Trump, Mr Macron and Brigitte Macron watch the parade
  8. Donald Trump at the Bastille Day paradeDonald Trump at the Bastille Day parade
    The US President was guest of honour at the parade
  9. Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the Bastille Day paradeDonald Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the Bastille Day parade
    The two leaders dined together with their wives on Thursday night
  10. Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump at the Bastille Day paradeEmmanuel Macron and Donald Trump at the Bastille Day parade
    Mr Trump hailed America’s “stronger than ever” relationship with France
  11. Security was tight at the Bastille Day celebrationsSecurity was tight at the Bastille Day celebrations
    Security was tight at the celebrations
  12. Police on duty at the Bastille Day paradePolice on duty at the Bastille Day parade
    More than 130,000 security and emergency service workers were on duty
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Both the Champs-Elysees and the Place de la Concorde, with its golden-tipped obelisk, were emptied two hours before the parade.

France is still in a state of emergency put in place following the Paris terror attacks in November 2015.

The Champs-Elysees was targeted as recently as last month, when a man died while deliberately rammed a car carrying weapons and explosives into a police van, sparking a terror investigation.

Later on Friday, Mr Macron will attend a memorial event in the southern city of Nice, on the first anniversary of the deaths 86 people, including children, after a Tunisian-born man drove a truck into a crowd watching a Bastille Day fireworks display.

Before sitting down to watch the Paris parade with his wife, Mr Macron and French first lady Brigitte Macron, the US President posted a photo on Twitter of the quartet’s dinner at the Eiffel Tower on Thursday night.

Mr Trump wrote: “Great evening with President @EmmanuelMacron & Mrs. Macron. Went to Eiffel Tower for dinner. Relationship with France stronger than ever.”

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The Trumps and Macrons went to dinner in the Eiffel Tower last night
Image:The Trumps and Macrons went to dinner in the Eiffel Tower

Mr Macron rode along an open-top camouflaged military vehicle surrounded by cavalry to inspect the troops on parade on Friday.

The Bastille Day procession was opened by American troops, with the French national celebration also this year marking the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the First World War.

The event also featured a bi-national flypast of fighter jets to symbolise present-day military co-operation between the two countries.

On Thursday, Mr Trump and Mr Macron agreed to work on a post-war road map for Syria, where both are involved in bombing Islamic State jihadists.

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