Former US President Obama makes a gesture when he arrives on the stage before delivering a speech in Paris on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The former US president. US, Barack Obama, is finalizing a five-day international trip to Paris, where he is having lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron and scheduled to give a speech to business leaders. (Thibault Camus / Associated Press)
By Associated Press By Associated Press December 2 at 3:02 PM
PARIS – The former president of the USA. UU Barack Obama is finishing a five-day international trip in Paris, where he had lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron and gave a speech to business leaders.
Obama had a two-hour private lunch with Macron at the Elysée presidential palace on Saturday. The area was placed under high security.
The French presidency said that the meeting was expected to include a presentation on the Obama Foundation. No journalist was allowed in the food.
Obama also met with former French President Francois Hollande, who said in a tweet that climate change was one of the issues they debated almost two years after they both signed the Paris agreement.
U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the United States from the agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"We are confident that the Paris agreement will be implemented," tweeted Hollande.
Obama mentioned climate change during his nightly speech organized by a club for Internet leaders and communications industries on the theme "Fear less, innovate more". "
In a clear reference to the threat of the successor to his White House, he commented on the" absence of American leadership on the issue, "making the audience laugh.
" But in spite of that, they are seeing American companies and states and cities that continue to work on this issue, "said Obama.
The former president of two periods said he is convinced that the United States can fulfill its commitment to reduce emissions through actions outside Washington.
] Earlier on Saturday, Obama also discussed climate issues with the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.
Obama was in China and India before arriving in France
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