>> Another awkward handshake to analyze. French President Emmanuel Macron greeting US counterpart Donald Trump in Paris. And the meeting is an important one, both men having an incentive to improve ties. Macron hopes to elevate France's role in global affairs. Trump, somewhat isolated amongst world leaders, needs a friend overseas.
Reuters Richard Lough is in Paris.>> I think both men will want this to run smoothly. The original invitation came for Trump to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Emmanuel Macron on the Champs-Elysees to celebrate France's Bastille Day celebrations, and that's a ceremony that Trump is going to revel in. He'll be there on Paris' most iconic boulevard as US troops and French servicemen parade down the street.
>> Weeks after Macron hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Palace of Versailles, Trump will bask in the trappings of the July 14th military parade. And commemorations of the entry 100 years ago of US troops into World War I. But amid the rumored lobster supper in the Eiffel Tower, they will also get down to business.
>> Both the White House and the Élysée have said that talks during Trump's visit will focus on security and counter-terrorism. In particular, Syria is likely to crop up. Both men say that fighting militant Islam around the world, in particular Islamic State, is their leading priority.>> Trump has made few friends in Europe with his rejection of the Paris Accord on climate change and his America First trade stance.
Macron's team has said they won't avoid these tricky subjects during the visit. But for France's youngest ever president, the trip is a chance to win Trump's confidence and set about influencing US foreign policy, and also get one up on Britain. London's offer of a state visit for the US resident met fierce criticism and warnings that he would be greeted by mass protests.