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Macron: Charm Offensive May Soften Trump's Climate Stance

  • Associated Press

French President Emmanuel Macron greets U.S. President Donald Trump at the Elysee Palace in Paris, July 13, 2017.

French President Emmanuel Macron says his glamorous Paris charm offensive on Donald Trump might have changed the U.S. president's mind about climate change.

Macron defended his outreach to Trump, saying in an interview Sunday in the Journal du dimanche newspaper "our countries are friends, so we should be too."

After a tense, white-knuckle handshake at their first meeting in May, Macron said they gained "better, intimate knowledge of each other" during Trump's visit last week.

Macron said "Trump listened to me'' on their main point of contention — Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement — and "said he would try to find a solution in the coming months."

The French leader acknowledged Trump's visit was carefully choreographed to give Americans a "stronger image of France" after deadly Islamic extremist attacks damaged tourism.

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