Emmanuel Macron calls on Donald Trump to respect old United States allies

Nationalism and Patriotism Don't Have to Be Opposites

"We were commemorating the murder of 130 of our people".

"So I'll reply in English: "Common decency" would have been appropriate", Griveaux said.

Mrs May's aides were said to have been taken aback by the president's tone, the Washington Post reported, citing officials briefed about the call.

Trump was reportedly unhappy at what he took to be criticism of him by French President Emmanuel Macron, who denounced rising nationalism and called it a "betrayal of patriotism".

Asked in an interview on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier whether he was offended by Mr Trump's tweets, Mr Macron talked at length about the long military alliance between the two countries, from America's War of Independence onwards.

Trump was flying to Paris for a ceremony commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I when May called to congratulate him on Republicans victories in the midterm elections. The remarks were seen by many as a direct challenge to Trump, who has openly identified himself as a nationalist.

"The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of nearly 10%".

French decathlon champion Kevin Mayer tweeted "work in progress, dear Donald", posting a photo of his recent world record, beating USA athlete Ashton Eaton's previous mark.

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Macron apparently drew Trump's ire by starkly rejecting nationalism during the WWI ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe last Sunday, an implicit critique of the "America First" policies which have led Trump to pull out of several key worldwide agreements.

Trump's tweet Tuesday that said "MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!" revived French national pride on social media.

Trump personally criticised Macron on Twitter.

"To be honest, I don't do diplomacy or politics through tweets."

But asked whether there was a deeper misunderstanding between the two countries after Macron's comments about a European army infuriated Trump, Macron said being a USA ally did not mean being subservient. Trump reportedly berated May in a phone he received from her on Air Force One.

"Can I, as president, say to you: I want to place all your security in the hands of the United States?"

"The United States is our historic ally, but to be an ally is not to be a vassal", he said.

"They were starting to learn German in Paris before the USA came along", he added, in a low blow sure to gall many French.

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