French President Emmanuel Macron did not want to escar-go public with his plans.
The leader will dine with Barack Obama during a visit to Paris on Saturday, but had wanted to be “discrete” to avoid offending President Trump, Le Parisien first reported.
An official at the Élysée, the akin to the French White House, later confirmed the plans to L’Express, and said that the meeting would be a “private lunch.”
Obama will be in the City of Lights at the tail end of a whirlwind world tour, where he will participate in the “Napoleons” innovation summit held by a French telecommunications giant.
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It is unclear how much Obama, who reportedly earned $400,000 for a speech to Wall Street workers in August, will receive for his attendance.
Macron, known for enjoying comparisons of himself to the original Napoleon and the Roman god Jupiter, previously received help from Obama in the form of an endorsement earlier this year.
However, the French former banker has also earned the praise of Trump, with whom he has engaged in a series of exuberant handshakes at international summits and the current commander-in-chief’s own visit to Paris to watch the Bastille Day parade in July.
“He’s a great guy. Smart. Strong. Loves holding my hand … People don’t realize he loves holding my hand. And that’s good, as far as that goes,” Trump said afterwards in an interview with the New York Times.
Despite previous praise, Obama and Macron have never met, and it is unclear what they will discuss at their tête-à-tête
The global trip also marks a reemergence on the world stage for the former president, who will meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday before going on to India to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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