Paris — By and enormous, the French don’t share their president’s bromance for President Trump. However public opinion has softened towards the American chief.
In a survey carried out right here within the two days after the U.S. midterm elections, 65% of the general public reported having an antagonistic opinion of Trump. Whereas that’s hardly an approval ranking value writing house about, it’s a full 16 share factors decrease than in a ballot one 12 months in the past. The outcomes had been reported by Le Figaro and Franceinfo on Nov. 9, the identical day Trump landed in Paris to attend ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the tip of World Warfare I.
Many French individuals really feel ambivalent about their very own president’s deferential perspective towards the U.S. president.
For Julia Ficatier, a seasoned French journalist who has lined the presidential palace for many years, their relationship is extra of a contest than a romance. “This very younger president needs to indicate Trump that he has the identical pretentions and needs to vary the world,” she stated. “He doesn’t understand he can’t play Trump in his personal yard.”
She feels that Trump takes a mocking perspective of “the frog who wish to turn into an ox,” a reference to a fable by French author Jean de la Fontaine a couple of frog that bursts whereas attempting to inflate itself to the scale of an ox. “And for us, the French, it’s surprising.”
Though Trump professes to have an important relationship with the 40-year-old chief of France, he continues to take a hardline on tariffs, NATO and sanctions towards Iran — key points for the French.
In a symbolic gesture this weekend, Trump gained’t attend the Paris Peace Discussion board that kicks off after immediately’s wreath-laying ceremony on the Arc de Triomphe. Macron conceived of the concept of an annual peace type that will turn into a part of his presidential legacy. Greater than 60 heads of state will take part within the occasion. On the identical time, an illustration protesting Trump is deliberate for the town’s Place de la République. The police count on a number of thousand protesters.
A excessive official within the French authorities stated it was hardly stunning that Trump skipped the worldwide discussion board. “This sort of blah, blah for hours, it’s not his factor,” he stated. “Trump prefers declarations by tweets.”
J. Alex Tarquinio is the nationwide president of the Society of Skilled Journalists and a author based mostly in New York.