Macron: France Will Shut All Coal-Fired Power Stations by 2021

"We've also decided to make France a model in the fight against climate change", Macron said.

The White House confirmed Wednesday that Macron would be the guest of honor at Trump's first state dinner at the White House.

This will be the first state visit Trump has hosted since taking office.

Trump himself has been feted in grand fashion across the globe, from an elaborate sword dance in the Saudi capital Riyadh to an intimate twilight tour of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Trump arrived in Switzerland Thursday to attend the World Economic Forum and to promote his "America First" agenda. A state visit, in which one head of state hosts another, is considered the most formal and most prestigious type of diplomatic visit. "It was two hours on the button, and it was military might and, I think, a tremendous thing for France and the spirit of France".

"In France, we correct inequalities with taxes and norms but without preventing them".

Emmanuel Macron speaks at LeWeb in 2014. Macron has worked to use that to his advantage, forging strong ties with the White House based on a mutual desire to change the status quo. They also exchanged a frosty handshake during their first meeting at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. "If some people are ready to be more ambitious, to go further in terms of integration and ambition of what makes you sovereign as a power in this global environment, to defend your values and your interests, let's move", said Macron.

France, he said, is a "nation of entrepreneurs", but cultural norms raise obstacles to entrepreneurship.

"Sadly things are going in the wrong direction", Macron told a joint news conference with the visiting president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri.

"It's not been a democracy for a long time", said Macri.

  • Jon Douglas