Macron in Washington to seal reconciliation with Biden
The President French Emmanuel Macron
The French president and his wife, Brigitte Macron, who arrived in Washington on Tuesday evening, were invited by Joe and Jill Biden to a restaurant in the federal capital for a private dinner, prelude to Thursday's grand reception at the White House.
Like his Republican predecessor Donald Trump in 2018, the Democratic president chose his French counterpart for the first state visit of his term.
It is a question of honoring our oldest ally, a spokesman for the American executive, John Kirby, told French journalists.
France is literally one of the threads from which our nation is woven, he added, multiplying the superlatives with regard to the leadership, the experience and the wisdom of Emmanuel Macron, who notably has, in the eyes of the American government, the advantage of longevity in his functions compared to a German Chancellor or a British Prime Minister who came to power more recently.
What a change of mood since this big anger in Paris, a little over a year ago!
In September 2021, the United States announced a new alliance, AUKUS, with Australia and the United Kingdom, arousing the ire of France, which saw itself kept out of American strategy. for the key Asia-Pacific region and lost, in the process, a mega-contract to sell submarines to Canberra.
Since then, Washington has taken many steps to appease its ally.
The level of cooperation, its depth, is quite remarkable when you think about the state of relations about a year ago, John Kirby said. Over the past year, France has been at the heart of literally every national security issue that matters to Americans and to our allies, he insisted, referring to a resolutely forward-looking partnership.
John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council
Wednesday is about future themes. Emmanuel Macron must follow the sequences on space cooperation with Vice-President Kamala Harris, and in the presence of French astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Sophie Adenot, on biodiversity and the climate with American parliamentarians, and on civil nuclear power with actors from the sector.
The Head of State will also address the French community, after the traditional ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
The intimate dinner of the two presidential couples will informally address the main topics on the menu for Thursday's meeting in the Oval Office.
Before the visit, France tried to increase the pressure on the massive plan to support the energy transition wanted by Joe Biden, or Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which grants generous subsidies to electric vehicles, batteries or renewable energies to provided they are made in America.
Judging this protectionist law, Paris said it hoped to obtain exemptions for certain European industries.
The White House, very attached to this centerpiece of the Biden presidency's record, has no immediate intention of announcing exemptions, and even less of unraveling its law. , which it assures will, ultimately, also benefit the European economy.
US President Joe Biden speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron during a summit of the NATO in Brussels, March 24, 2022.
The Élysée therefore puts more emphasis on the other aspect of its parade at the IRA: the promotion, among other Europeans, of the adoption of a weapon. comparable trade, a Buy European Act which would also give priority to products made on the Old Continent.
The two leaders should also display a message of unity on the #x27;Ukraine, promising to continue to support kyiv as much as necessary while explaining that negotiations with Moscow can only take place when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky deems it appropriate.
In the meantime, John Kirby gave a thumbs up to Emmanuel Macron's sometimes controversial desire to maintain dialogue with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
We think this is a good thing, we salute President Macron's ability to maintain communication with President Putin, assured the American spokesman.