French President’s US visit: Message behind an “oak sapling”

French President’s US visit: Message behind an “oak sapling”

NDO – During his state visit to the United States which began on April 23, French President Emmanuel Macron brought an oak sapling as a gift for his peer Donald Trump. In the context of the complicated global situation and the multiple challenges faced by the France-US alliance, this special gift is aimed at conveying Paris’s message about fostering close-knit friendly ties with Washington. (Apr 24, 2018)

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