Watch as Emmanuel Macron welcomes Joe Biden and wife Jill to Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Oliver Browning
Saturday 08 June 2024 12:44
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Watch as Emmanuel Macron welcomes Joe Biden and his wife Jill to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Saturday 8 June.

The US president is in France for a state visit marked by pomp and a parade - as well as talks on trade, Israel and Ukraine.

Mr Macron and Mr Biden, who share a warm relationship despite past tensions over a submarine deal with Australia, will participate in a welcoming ceremony with their wives at the iconic Arc de Triomphe and a parade down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees before holding a meeting about policy issues and then attending dinner.

“France is... our oldest and one of our deepest allies. And this will be an important moment to affirm that alliance and also look to the future and what we have to accomplish together,” US national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters earlier this week.

Sullivan said talks between the two men would touch on Russia’s war with Ukraine, Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza, cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, and policy issues ranging from climate change to artificial intelligence to supply chains.

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