France’s President Is Taking Donald Trump for Dinner in the Eiffel Tower
When President Donald Trump arrives in Paris on Thursday for his stay in the French capital, he will dine at one of the city’s most expensive — and most impressive — restaurants.
Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, will dine with Trump at the Jules Verne, the luxurious Michelin-starred restaurant on the second level of the Eiffel Tower.
According to a report in Paris Match, Trump and Macron will dine on blue lobster and caviar at the famed restaurant currently run by chef Alain Ducasse. A six-course tasting menu at Jules Verne generally costs about $260 (€230) per person.
The restaurant will be closed to the public while the politicians, their spouses, and their delegations are dining.
The following day, Trump will be the guest of honor at France’s Bastille Day parade up the Champs-Êlysees.
This year’s Bastille Day parade will feature American soldiers marching alongside French troops to honor the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I. About 3,700 people will march in the parade from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, where the presidents will be seated.
The last sitting U.S. president to visit the Bastille Day parade was George Bush in 1989 for the bicentennial of the French Revolution.
Macron’s invitation was controversial in many parts of France, especially considering that Trump decided to pull out of the Paris Agreement on June 1. French government spokesman Christophe Castaner said that Macron’s decision was meant to “extend a hand” towards Trump to “keep him in the circle” and keep him from being isolated.
After accepting the invitation, the White House released a statement that Trump was looking forward to “reaffirming America’s strong ties of friendship to France,” and “celebrating this important day with the French people.”