Emmanuel Macron is jubilant. After Donald Trump in 2018, it’s Joe Biden’s turn to roll out the red carpet for him. The French president is on a three-day state visit to Washington, which starts this Wednesday, November 30. With dinner at the White House, ceremony, interview… in short, all the shenanigans specific to a meeting at the highest level of protocol. “It is an honor that is done to France rather than to any other European country, so we appreciate it at its fair value”, we gargle at the Elysée. There is something. This is the first state visit organized by the Biden administration since its election in November 2020. Quite a symbol.
France comes to look for several things in the United States. Above all, to appear as an interlocutor who counts with the American president. But also, to plead a European exception on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the law on the reduction of inflation adopted this summer, which will allow enormous investments in American green companies and industries at the expense of American investments in Europe. Finally, obtain from Joe Biden unequivocal confirmation that he supports the development of a Europe of Defense, a project dear to the French president. A multitude of other subjects will be discussed – space, nuclear, Ukraine, China, Iran, climate – but these are the main points that interest the French.
And America? What does she expect from this exceptional visit? Why does she give
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