US President Donald Trump denounced Friday night, when he arrived in Paris, the words "very insulting" French counterpart Emmanuel Macron about the establishment of a European army.
• President Macron has just suggested that Europe build its own army to protect itself against the United States, China and Russia, & # 39; tweeted Trump while Air Force One landed at the international airport. & # 39; Orly, near Paris.
"Very insulting but perhaps Europe must first pay its share to NATO that the United States subsidizes on a large scale!" The American president added.
The meeting between the two leaders, scheduled for Saturday morning at the Elysee Palace, looks very delicate.
This is Donald Trump's second visit to France since his arrival at the White House, after that of July 14, 2017, which he regularly discusses with great enthusiasm.
In his tweet, the American president apparently refers to the statements made Tuesday by Mr Macron, calling for the establishment of a "real European army" to better protect the old continent.
"We will not protect the Europeans if we do not decide to have a real European army," the French president begged. We have to protect ourselves against China, Russia and even the United States & # 39 ;, he added.
There is currently no supranational European army. The topic, recurring, remains undermined because it affects the sovereignty of the Member States.
By the time he left the White House, Mr. Trump had opted for a much more conciliatory tone.
"It will be a great moment," he predicted. "There will be many countries," he added, assuring that the announcement of his presence had forced many other leaders to make the journey.
On Sunday, Trump, in the presence of at least 60 heads of state, will participate in a ceremony at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, during which Mr. Macron will make a speech.
During the weekend he also visits the American cemetery Wood Belleau, in the department of Aisne, and the American cemetery in Suresnes, a suburb of Paris.