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President Trump speaks to French President Emmanuel Macron.

President Trump traveled to Paris on Wednesday, two days before Bastille Day, the French national day. Trump will participate in a joint news conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron where Trump will likely be asked about the revelations that his son met with a Russian lawyer who offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. NPR will cover the conference live.  In this two-hour show, Forum discusses the president’s visit to France and the developing news about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.

Guests:

Mike Dorning, deputy White House editor, Bloomberg News

Mugambi Jouet, fellow, Stanford Law School, author, “Exceptional America: What Divides Americans From the World and From Each Other”

David Mark, executive editor, Morning Consult

Bruce Cain, professor of political science, Stanford University

A man passes by campaign posters for the French presidential election, on official billboards on April 21, 2017 in Lyon, ahead of the first round of the French presidential election which will take place on April 23.

Voters in France head to the polls Sunday to choose among eleven presidential candidates in a first round of voting. Contenders include François Fillon, a conservative battling embezzlement charges, as well as populists from the far right and far left. If no one wins a majority, the two candidates with the most votes will move on to a run-off election on May 7. We discuss the results and their implications for the future of France and Europe.

Since July’s terror attack in Nice, coastal towns across France have banned the full-body swimsuit known as a “burkini.” France already bans public use of the burka and Germany is debating similar legislation. Tensions over when and where the burka is allowed raise larger questions over cultural exclusion and the struggle to assimilate. We’ll discuss how Muslim women have adapted and what the burka symbolizes to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

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