May 20, 2024
President Joe Biden will welcome President Emmanuel Macron of France for a state visit on Dec. 1, the first since Biden took office, the White House said.

President Joe Biden will welcome President Emmanuel Macron of France for a state visit on Dec. 1, the first since Biden took office, the White House said.

Biden’s press secretary said the visit would emphasize the “deep and enduring relationship” between the United States and France, Washington’s oldest ally.

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“Our close relationship with France is founded on our shared democratic values, economic ties, and defense and security cooperation,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Biden and Macron will focus on geopolitical challenges and other issues facing both countries, she added, noting that France has been a key partner to the U.S. amid the war in Ukraine.

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Ties between Paris and Washington frayed last year after Macron accused Australia’s leader of lying to him by not disclosing the negotiations with the U.S. that sank a $66 billion submarine deal with France.

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