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French President Emmanuel Macron invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Paris as his first foreign guest, while U.S. President Donald Trump will attend this year's Bastille Day celebrations.Macron's foreign-policy effectiveness will depend on his ability to bring about a domestic economic turnaround – a lesson learned from Macron's predecessor Francois Hollande.It is too early to tell whether Macron will succeed where Hollande failed. Macron will also benefit from external factors. Of course, even if Macron does guide an economic turnaround, France will have neither the means nor the ambition to supplant the U.S. on the world stage. But Macron does want France to exercise more influence over the international system – an ambition that is underscored by the way he addresses Putin and Trump.The major test of the Russia-France relationship lies in Syria – an issue that, so far, Macron has handled skillfully.As for Trump, Macron's disagreement with him mostly concerns multilateral issues.
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