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Macron hosts Trump amid row over European defence

AFP  |  Paris 

French attempted to defuse a row with visiting counterpart on Saturday, hailing the "great solidarity" between their countries after blasted his proposals for a

The two leaders held talks at the presidential palace in ahead of World War 1 commemorations taking place in the shadow of a new nationalist surge worldwide.

Their body language was markedly less warm than during Trump's last visit to in July 2017, underscoring a general cooling in relations which were further strained by a late-night tweet by attacking

Appearing anxious to appease Trump, who has accused the EU of failing to pull its weight on NATO spending, said he shared his view that "we need a much better burden-sharing within NATO".

His calls for closer European integration on defence would mean "more in NATO", he argued, later patting Trump's knee affectionately.

Trump, who appeared more aloof, described himself and Macron as "very good friends" and said he "appreciated" the remarks about burden sharing.

"We want a strong It's very important to to have a strong Europe," he said.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 19:00 IST