Donald Trump is headed to Paris, France on Thursday, where French President Emmanuel Macron will treat Trump to dinner at a lavish restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.
The pair are set to dine on blue lobster and caviar, among other gourmet food.
The Jules Verne restaurant where they will be dining at is run by one of the top chefs in France and has become one of the city’s most famous eateries. An employee there confirmed the world leaders’ reservation to Paris Match magazine.
Some have speculated that Macron will be pulling out all the stops in hopes that Trump will reverse his stance on the Paris climate deal. At last week’s Group of 20 summit in Germany, Macron said that he would continue to try to convince Trump to change his mind about his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement.
Trump is set to arrive in Paris on Thursday, where he will be the guest of honor at France’s Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Elysées. The dinner will take place that evening. Trump will be heading back to the U.S. Friday night.
French government spokesman Christophe Castaner defended the decision to invite Trump – the first U.S. president to attend the Bastille Day parade since 1989, when George Bush did so alongside Margaret Thatcher and then German chancellor Helmut Kohl.
In that case, they had gathered to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution.
“There’s also a strong political dimension. Emmanuel Macron wants to try to prevent the president of the United States being isolated. Trump sometimes takes decisions that we disagree with, on climate change for example,” Mr Castaner added.
“But we can do things: either you say ‘we’re not speaking because you haven’t been nice’ or we can reach out to him to keep him in the circle,” he explained.