Trump heads to France amid Russia scandal

US President Donald Trump will arrive in Paris on Thursday for a meeting with France’s President Emmanuel Macron, his second trip in less than a week to Europe, where he is deeply unpopular.

The invitation by France’s recently-elected president may give Trump a brief respite from his domestic and international woes, amid ongoing criticism at home over his alleged Russian connections and foreign isolation over his climate change and trade policies.

Trump and Macron appear to have little in common, with different views on everything from globalization to immigration. At 39, Macron is France’s youngest president since Napoleon. By contrast, the 71-year-old Trump is the oldest person ever elected to the White House.

The trip comes despite Trump’s unpopularity in France and across Europe. London’s offer of a state visit for Trump met fierce criticism and warnings that he would be greeted by mass protests in the UK. German Chancellor Angela Merkel…

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