Sep 26, 2022 - World

Biden to host France's Macron for first state visit of his admin

Biden shaking hands with Macron

President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands during their meeting at the French Embassy to the Vatican in Rome in October 2021. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, for a state visit on Dec. 1, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed at a press briefing Monday.

Why it matters: This will be the first formal state dinner hosted by the Biden administration — coming later than those of previous administrations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What they're saying: The visit “will underscore the deep and enduring relationship between the United States and France, our oldest ally,” Jean-Pierre said.

  • "Our close relationship with France is founded on our shared democratic values, economic ties and defense and security cooperation," she added.
  • "The leaders will discuss our continued close partnership on shared global challenges and areas of bilateral interest."
  • "We work closely with France on the full range of global challenges, as you all know, including the war in Ukraine."

The big picture: This will be Macron's second state visit to the U.S., having previously visited in 2018 during the Trump administration.

  • Biden has had previous conversations with Macron while he's been in office, including at the UN General Assembly last week.
  • The U.S. has made efforts to repair some of the fallout from last year's Australia-U.S.-UK (AUKUS) submarine deal, which left France blindsided.
  • Jean-Pierre acknowledged the pandemic has delayed many traditional in-person events hosted by an administration but noted that international leaders have visited the White House on official working visits during the administration.
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