French President Emmanuel Macron has warned President Donald Trump that France will not serve as a vassal state to the USA, following several days of tension and inflammatory remarks exchanged between the two leaders.
Trump had earlier criticised Macron's suggestion that a European army was needed, in part, to reduce reliance on the USA military. "Yesterday was 13 November, we were marking the murder of 130 of our people", Griveaux said.
While the French president insisted the reference to the US was only to imply that Europe needed to rely less on the US, Trump launched into a days-long tirade against Macron and France. It read, "It was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for France?"
"So I'll reply in English: "Common decency" would have been appropriate", Griveaux said. The remarks were seen by many as a direct challenge to Trump, who has openly identified himself as a nationalist.
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"The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of nearly 10%".
This, for Trump, was the reason Macron defended multilateralism beneath the Arc de Triomphe in a solemn remembrance ceremony: "He was just trying to get onto another subject".
"Don't worry bro", he tweeted to Mr Macron.
Trump's back and forth with European leaders isn't the only time in recent memory that the president has clashed with the US's closest allies during an global trip.
"By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!"
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"I don't think the French expect me to respond to tweets but to continue this important history", he added.
The French president then underscored the historic alliance between the two countries but insisted that France and Europe should not be subservient to the USA in matters of defense and security. After Macron took office, he seemed to have a strategy in mind: Trump may have alienated numerous United States' allies, but the young French president seemed determined to forge a partnership with the American leader.
Instead of focusing on the petty taunts, Macron reflected on history.
A meeting during which Trump complained about immigration and told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that if the United States were to "send him 25 million Mexicans", the prime minister would be "be out of office very soon". Macron asked in Wednesday interview (local time). Emmanuel Macron recently spoke about Europe taking responsibility for its own security, and not looking to the United States for protection, which is a sentiment the Republican White House should agree with. "We should not depend on them".
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