In June, newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron invited President Trump to France to take part in the nation’s Bastille Day celebrations of July 14th. While there, the leaders and their wives visited various historical sites, marched in a parade and dined together in the celebrated Le Jules Verne restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.

In a joint press conference, President Trump and his French host discussed their mutual desire to protect their countries’ citizens and work towards establishing peace abroad. After the subject of President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin was raised, President Macron stated his desire to work with Trump to chart a plan for Syria’s future, adding that ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is no longer integral to French policy.

Macron and Trump

President Trump’s visit to France was heralded by some as the continuation of a centuries-old alliance between the United States and France, but it may have been something else. On a continent that is coming under increasing threat from unchecked immigration, Macron’s friendship with our Commander-in-Chief could signal common cause in the fight against Islamic terrorism, and the struggle to preserve Western civilization against the forces of death and destruction.

Perhaps the greatest piece of evidence of a budding partnership between the two leaders is their mutual enemies; some of Macron’s recent comments have sparked outrage from distraught leftists who hoped the centrist might uphold the legacy of former socialist President François Hollande.

On the heels of Trump’s historic visit to Poland, during which he reiterated the importance of Western society, his accordance with Macron strikes another important note in the fight for civilization. If we want Paris to be recognizable for future generations, we must find common ground in protecting our shared values. France came to the fledgling United States in our time of greatest need, and it might just be time to repay the favor.