Bidens to host his first state visit from Macron on December 1

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte to Washington for a state visit on Dec. 1, the White House announced Monday.

The state visit will be Biden’s first since taking office in January 2021 and comes months after a diplomatic fling over submarines forced the US president to apologize to his French counterpart.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Macron’s visit “will underscore the deep and enduring relationship between the United States and France, our oldest ally, which is founded on our democratic values. shared interests, our economic ties and our defense and security cooperation. .”

“Leaders will discuss our close and continued partnership on shared global challenges and areas of bilateral interest,” Jean-Pierre added in a statement.

As part of the festivities, the president and first lady will host a state dinner for the Macrons.

The relationship between Washington and Paris suffered its worst rift in nearly two decades last year when Biden announced a US-UK deal to help Australia build nuclear submarines, undermining the French who had a contract to provide diesel-electric submarines to land below.

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President Biden will host French President Emmanuel Macron for a state visit in December.
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The international dust prompted French officials to recall their envoys to the United States and Australia and to cancel a gala at their embassy in Washington to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Caps during the Revolutionary War.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drain went so far as to call the US actions a “stab in the back”.

“What happened, to use an English expression, what we did was clumsy. It wasn’t done with much grace,” Biden said when meeting Macron at the G20 summit in Rome in October.

The state visit with Macron will be Biden's first since taking office.
The state visit with Macron will be Biden’s first since taking office.
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“I felt like some things happened that didn’t happen,” the president said. “I had the impression that France had been informed long before. Honestly to God, I didn’t know you weren’t.

Macron took the high road, telling reporters that “we clarified together what we needed to clarify” and “now what is important is to be sure that such a situation will not be possible for our future. .. This is an extremely important clarification.”

Ironically, Macron was also the first world leader to pay a state visit to former President Donald Trump, making the trip in April 2018.