Jupiterian President Macron of France brings gift horse to China’s Xi for visit

Jupiterian President Macron of France brings gift horse to China’s Xi for visit
Not a horse-whisperer. The news story on this encounter is titled "Horse seized with panic on meeting Macron" in May 2017. (Image: Screen grab of France 3 video, YouTube)

[Ed. – There’s just something off about this guy.  As for symbols of French excellence…wine?  Cheese?  A side of supersonic cruise missiles?]

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has fired the starting pistol on a three-day visit to China by giving his host, Xi Jinping, a horse called Vesuvius.

The eight-year-old gelding recruited from France’s presidential cavalry corps represented “an unprecedented diplomatic gesture”, Reuters quoted the French presidency as saying.

“It mattered a lot for the president, even if it was very complicated to import a horse for sanitary reasons,” one official said. “It’s a symbol of French excellence.” …

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Chinese experts praised Macron’s decision to give the Middle Kingdom his horse, a move apparently inspired by the Chinese tradition of “panda diplomacy”, when Beijing bestows the black-and-white Sichuan natives upon its friends.

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