Not everyone was happy with the President of France cosying up to Donald Trump – but his famous charm may have changed the US president’s mind about climate change.
Protesters waved anti-Trump banners at Bastille Day celebrations in Paris on Friday, where Emmanuel Macron was hosting Trump and First Lady Melania.
But despite the criticism, Macron insists it was all worth it – for the planet’s sake.
‘Trump listened to me,’ Macron said, when talking about the Paris climate accord. ‘We spoke in detail about the things that could make him come back to the Paris accord.’
The US president reportedly said ‘he would try to find a solution in the coming months’.
Speaking to the Journal Du Dimanche newspaper, Macron defended appearing pally with Trump.
‘Our countries are friends, so we should be too,’ he said.
After a tense, white-knuckle handshake at their first meeting in May, Macron said they had gained ‘better, intimate knowledge of each other’ during the visit last week.
But the French leader acknowledged that Trump’s visit was carefully choreographed to give Americans a ‘stronger image of France’ after deadly Islamist extremist attacks had damaged tourism over the last two years.
Indeed, on Friday Trump appeared to hold the door open to a change of position on the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, which he pulled the US out of earlier this year.
The accord, reached by almost 200 countries in 2015, was meant to limit global warming to two degrees or less by the year 2100.
This would mainly be done through pledges to cut carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.