The French national anthem played outside Croatian President Zoran Milanovic's office to welcome French President Emmanuel Macron, the first French president visiting Croatia since it gained independence.
Milanovic welcomed Macron with the highest state honours. The Croatian Armed Forces orchestra played the two countries’ national anthems. Also present was the Honorary and Protection Battalion.
After the welcoming ceremony, the two presidents went to a tête-à-tête meeting.
Macron will then lay a wreath at the Homeland Monument in Stjepan Radic Square. He expressed the wish to pay his respects to those killed in the 1991-95 Homeland War and will be the first high guest to do so at the new Zagreb memorial.
After that, Macron is going to the government to meet with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.