There France is the “oldest” ally of the United States and an “unwavering partner in the cause of freedom“. So the president Joe Bidenaddressed to Emmanuel Macron, in the short speech delivered after the military honors rendered to the French president at White House. The alliance between the two countries, continued Biden, “remains essential for mutual defense” and as allies, France and the United States, together with the EU and G7 partners “are addressing Vladimir Putin’s ambitions of conquest” in his “brutal war” against Ukraine, which “once again destroyed peace in Europe”. The two countries, Biden said again, “are once again defending the values of democracy and human rights”. The US president then paid tribute to France, quoting the motto, “liberté, egalité, fraternité”.
“We want a sustainable peace with full respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” but “also a new architecture for sustainable peace”. So Macron before the start of the bilateral. “These are very difficult times. France and the United States since the beginning of the war have cooperated closely to help resist Kiev. We will face the consequences of the war,” he added.
The exchange of gifts
“Our history has been shaped by the courage of the women and men who crossed the Atlantic, carrying the flame of freedom in their hearts. Today that flame burns more intensely than ever and the alliance between our two nations remains essential for our mutual defense”, said Biden in the reception ceremony of the French president in the garden of the White House. The American president recalled that today is World AIDS Day and reaffirmed the shared commitment of the United States and France in putting an end to the epidemic AIDS by 2030. Macron, upon arrival, gave Biden a vinyl and a CD of the original soundtrack of the film by Claude Lelouch “One man and one woman” which is the movie Biden and the first lady went to see on their first date.
In addition, he gave the president a 2012 cup of the house Christoflewhich is a tribute to the time when Christofle crossed the Atlantic aboard the ship Normandie, one of the first connections between France and the United States.
The first lady of France Brigitte Macron will give Jill Biden “Madame Bovary”, by Gustave Flaubert, together with “The Plague, The Fall, The Exile and the Kingdom and Selected Essays”, by Albert Camus.
Also Biden has honored his counterpart with a series of gifts: a collection of vinyl of the greatest musicians Americans, reproduction of a mirror hanging in the West Wing of the White House made with the wood of a fallen tree in the presidential residence and a copy of the phonograph patent by Thomas Edison of 1877. To the premiere dame Brigitte, the first lady Jill Biden donated a gold and emerald pendant made by a French-American artist.
Emmanuel Macron with Joe Biden