Like former US president Barack Obama, France’s Emmanuel Macron has said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria is a “red line” that would prompt a military response. Obama never followed through on his threat, but France has now vowed action.
Mutual and repeated references to centuries of friendship between their two nations weren’t enough to muffle the subtext of the profound differences between French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron completed the initial leg of his first diplomatic marathon with a win: He beat his US counterpart in a handshake contest.
President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday kicks off five days of high-level diplomatic meetings riddled with tests for France’s young leader, including face-to-face meetings with US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.