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France's Macron says globalization is going through a major crisis

Amos Ben Gershom President Macron Calls For 10-Year Plan To Strengthen EU
Nellie Chapman | 26 January, 2018, 02:09

"I will never impose a ban if there is no credible alternative", Macron said in a speech to farmers. Trump has commented in the past that he thinks global warming is a hoax.

The White House has hosted numerous world leaders in the first year of the Trump administration, but none were official state visits with all the trappings, pomp, circumstance and accompanying glittering state dinner. No date was announced.

But their relationship began to thaw after Trump accepted an invitation to visit Paris last July for the Bastille Day military parade, a display that impressed Trump so much that he later said he hoped to stage a similar event in Washington on Independence Day.

They also have struggled to find common ground on two major worldwide issues: the 2015 Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal.

"We saw what happened when we adopted a non-cooperation approach between governments", the President said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni echoed Macron's sentiments Tuesday, calling for a stronger Europe, and for a rejection of Trump's "America First" economic and trade policy. More than 3,000 leaders from around the world are gathering in a collaborative effort to shape the global, regional and industry agendas, with a commitment to improve the state of the world. "This year will be the year where we have to redesign a ten-year strategy for Europe", said Macron. "Our history and roots are not synonymous with protectionism".

Macron said the world is hitting roadblocks in several major areas.

Macron said: "France is back, at the core of Europe", and France was also "a nation of entrepreneurs". "In terms of climate change, we are losing the battle". "At what point are we going to stop innovation?" he asked, noting the potential for unfettered tech companies to do substantial damage to social interests.